Law: LLB

LLB (Hons)


The Stirling Law School is innovative, dynamic and vibrant, and offers a wide range of degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is small and friendly and staff and students get to know each other quickly.

Introduction

Law combines social science, ethics and political philosophy. It's not just a body of rules or knowledge - it also has its own methods, philosophies, culture and language. Of course, it’s also what vital institutions (the legal profession, the judiciary, courts, etc.) do.

The LLB is a specialist degree, covering all aspects of law. Our course - tailored to the Law Society of Scotland's requirements - is broad-based, intellectually challenging and rewarding. It’s available as an undergraduate degree and a two-year accelerated graduate degree. It can be either your first step towards becoming a lawyer, or - increasingly - a well rounded and prestigious degree with which to enter other fields.

UCAS Code
LLB (Hons) UCAS M114

See also: Accelerated Graduate LLB

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 and 2018 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • UCAS: M114
  • Qualification: LLB (Hons)
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Course Director: Tikus Little
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Tikus Little

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University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland UK

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Accreditation

The Stirling LLB is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, which are the professional bodies for Scots lawyers.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
AABB - one sitting.
AAAB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
ABB

IB Diploma:
36 fƒpoints

BTEC (Level 3):
DDD

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - As in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.

In addition to academic qualifications, personal statements and references will also be considered. The School of Law is committed to widening access to Higher Education and to the legal profession.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Fees and costs

Fees 2017/18

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees 2018/19

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

The main aims of the LLB are to:

  • provide substantial in-depth knowledge and understanding of:
    • the principles, concepts, values and substantive rules of the Scottish legal system.
    • the wider context within which the Scottish legal system operates.
    • the main legal institutions and procedures of the Scottish legal system.
  • develop problem-solving and legal research skills, as well as more general transferable intellectual skills which are of value in the practice of law and a wide range of careers.
  • provide the in-depth knowledge and understanding needed to progress to further studies in law and a career as a solicitor or in multi-disciplinary areas involving law.
  • provide graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills that will provide added benefit to them as individuals, to the Scottish legal profession, and to society as a whole.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching on the LLB is delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by examination and coursework. You will undertake independent research supervised by a member of staff, presenting a substantial dissertation in your final year. Throughout the LLB, you are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught and learned and to broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of law.

Modules

Semesters 1 – 5

During the first five semesters, you are introduced to the fundamental areas of law. Core modules include:

  • Public Law and Legal System
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict 
  • Family Law 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Company and Commercial Law 
  • Evidence
  • Property Law 
  • Trust and Succession Law 
  • Jurisprudence

Semesters 5 – 8

From Semester 5 onwards, you can select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics, including:

  • Legal Research Methods
  • Labour Law
  • Intellectual Property Law 
  • Information Technology Law 
  • Environmental Law  
  • Competition Law 
  • Sports Law 
  • Child Law 
  • Collective Labour Law 
  • European Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution 

Recommended reading

If you are interested in studying for the Stirling LLB, a good introduction is Hector MacQueen's book Studying Scots Law, (4th edition) (Bloomsbury Professional, 2012).

Modes of study

The LLB (Honours) is available as a full-time and part-time degree course.

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Why Stirling?

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.

Strengths

Those graduating with the Stirling LLB demonstrate high levels of legal knowledge and ability, general transferable intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation and autonomy, as well as important key skills including communication and literacy. Such skills make our graduates attractive to employers in the legal profession and many other fields.

Academic strengths

Academic staff at the Stirling Law School are actively involved in research and publish widely in their areas of expertise. Staff research is used for the benefit of students in teaching and staff subject specialisms include the following:

  • International Commercial Law
  • Scots Private Law
  • Family and Child Law
  • Public and Administrative Law 
  • European Union Law
  • Employment and Trade Union Law
  • Discrimination Law and ‘Hate’ Offences 
  • Environmental Law
  • Entertainment Law 
  • Sports Law
  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution



Our students

When as an A level student I decided to study Law, the University of Stirling really stood out. Not only did it have an excellent School of Law but its inspirational campus and facilities persuaded me to spend the next four years of my life here.

I believe that getting a quality degree is the number one reason for going to university. However I also feel that personal development is very important when it comes to finding a future career. Stirling not only provided me with superior qualifications, it also provided me with a range of life skills that will always benefit me.

When I came here as an undergraduate in 2006, the School of Law was in its infancy. Now it boasts many legal academics who are highly respected and acclaimed – not only in Scotland, but internationally. It has fantastic staff who really care about their students’ futures and I believe it will go from strength to strength. On reflection, I’m extremely proud to have been a part of it.

Grant Hassasn – LLB graduate

Our staff

Tikus Little is Director of LLB courses, and is a former practising Solicitor. She studied law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, qualifying as a solicitor in 1993, practising business law before joining the University. She has a wide experience of learning and teaching, curriculum design and programme directorship while retaining strong links with the legal profession.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Studying Law in the LLB degree covers the foundation subjects that are required for entry into the legal profession in Scotland. But the understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge in practice, gained through the LLB or our BA programmes is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors and many of or graduates chose careers outside the legal profession.

A degree in Law also develops many useful transferable skills including:

Expand your horizons

As part of degrees in this area you will be able to undertake a range of activities and develop
skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career. You will:

  • Be able to choose a range of optional modules which offer activities and skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career. These include*:
    • Undertaking a work placement to put your learning into context
    • A Career management skills module, preparing you to enter the job market
    • A commercial Awareness module
    • Business, accounting and management modules
    • Business writing and digital literacy modules
    • French/Spanish language modules
  • Receive talks from visiting speakers from the legal profession, commerce and alumni
  • Visit courts
  • You will also be encouraged to take part in clubs and societies. e.g. The Student Law Society and European Law Students Association

*modules are subject to availability and programme choice

We’re here to help

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

Our Alumni

Our LLB alumni go into a range of careers – for example we have alumni at law firms like Pinsent Masons LLP, Brodies LLP, DWF and CMS Cameron Mckenna, whilst others have gone on to work in other sectors with employers including  Morgan Stanley and the Royal Bank of Scotand plc. 

Career options

If you intend to practise law after graduation further study and vocational training is required. To become a solicitor in Scotland the vast majority of people wishing to become a Scottish solicitor will complete three distinct stages:

  1. The LLB degree in Scots law,  followed by
  2. The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, which can be undertaken at six universities in Scotland, followed by
  3. traineeship - the period of paid, in-office training.

For up to date advice on the route to quaification, visit the Law Society of Scotland’s website: http://www.lawscot.org.uk/education-and-careers/ .

Many professional qualifications are available in other areas such as accountancy, HR, marketing and business. 

An LLB degree is a gateway to a career as a Solicitor or Advocate in Scotland, but it is not the only path; there are many options beyond the legal profession that are available.

Careers directly related to our LLB degree or BA degree (after further study):

Careers where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.

Typical employers

If you qualify as a Solicitor, work is available in a number of different legal practices and in-house opportunities. The widest caseloads come from high street solicitors' practices, which cover criminal, family, probate and business law. However, many solicitors specialise in areas such as corporate law, family law in bigger city firms. Opportunities are available through local and national government and large organisations often have in-house legal teams.

If you become a Barrister / Advocate it is likely you will be self-employed. Alternatively, graduates could look for employment with organisations such as the Government Legal Service, the Armed Forces Legal Services or the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) or Procurator Fiscal Office in Scotland.

Outside of the legal profession employers can include banks and building societies, insurance companies and HR departments of large firms.

Work experience

Employers’ value work experience as it can help to demonstrate that you have the skills that they are looking for.

 A popular feature of the LLB and BA Law degree programmes at Stirling is the opportunity to elect to study a work placement module in the 3rd year programme. Students are placed with a range of prestigious law practices and law related organisations providing the opportunity to link learning to practice and thought to action.

Students are also encouraged to seek summer vacation opportunities throughout their degree programme to assist with preparation for future traineeship applications or pro-bono work through organisations such as the:

Joining the university Law Society will also be helpful, as well as anything else that provides an insight into legal practices and the workings of the law.

Further study 

Many law graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often due to the wish to deepen their understanding of the subject and to improve their employment prospects. Relevant further study available at Stirling includes:

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