1. Staff Expertise
You will be taught by expert academics and practitioners:
In the last UK wide Research Excellence Framework in 2014, 95% of Law staff research publications were world leading or recognised internationally. Our research impact case studies, which showcase the impact that our research has outside academia, were found to provide evidence of very considerable or considerable impact in terms of reach and significance in relation to law-making and policy-making. You will, therefore, be taught in small classes by expert staff who produce top research including major academic books, articles in leading academic journals and funded research reports, as well as student textbooks.
Our law staff are also involved with a number of professional bodies, including the Law Society of Scotland, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Many of us retain strong links with the legal profession and as some of our staff are qualified solicitors, we can use that experience to enhance the curriculum.
All of this contributes to high quality learning and teaching which is very important to us. Stirling students regularly nominate law staff for teaching awards in the annual student led Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE) awards and law staff won the Excellence in Teaching award for Arts and Humanities in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the Santander Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017. In 2013, we also won the RATE award for Championing Career Development.
“I would pick the University of Stirling to study my course any time over other universities in Scotland. The teaching staff are just fantastic! They have been there for me through good times and bad. The fact that the lecturers/tutors can engage with us individually is also very helpful, as we, as students, feel more confident and motivated with our course. The feedback given for all our coursework is very good. The lecturers/tutors have all been very friendly and helpful whenever we needed them. The course has been taught very well.”
National Student Survey 2015
2. Student Experience
We scored an 89% satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2015 and are keen for our law students to get as much out of the University experience as they can - here are some of the things that our current students are involved with:
Student Law Society
We have a well-established Student Law Society - one of the biggest Societies on campus - which organises social events, mooting, buddying, court visits, charity fundraising and more. The highlight of the social calendar for law students is the Law Ball.
European Student Law Association
The Stirling ELSA branch is a full member of ELSA: ELSA is a student run organisation with 50 000 members across Europe and aims to bring Law students from European Universities together to share knowledge, take part in summer and winter law schools, undertake work experience and take part in mooting competitions.
We encourage our students to take part in mooting to develop legal skills. In 2016/17, a team from Stirling reached the last 20 in the ELSA European Human Rights Moot court competition and competed at the European court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In the past, we have sent teams to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition which is the world's largest legal debating competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. We continue to develop our mooting programme and aim to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in the future.
Internationalisation and Study Abroad
Our students study law in its national, European and international contexts and are taught by staff from across the world. We have developed a number of opportunities for law students to study abroad for one semester and have links with Universities in Europe, Australia and the USA. Find out more at the Study Abroad page.
95% of Stirling graduates in 2014/15 were in employment or further education within six months of graduation. Employability is at the heart of Stirling Law programmes and our modules develop key skills.
- Problem solving
- Time management and Initiative
- Project management
We encourage our students to make the most of their time at the University to develop those skills further:
"My time at the University made me more employable in many ways. Firstly, by increasing my confidence, helping me to realise what my career aspirations were and focus on the steps I needed to take to achieve them. Secondly, the amount of opportunities on offer within the University to develop my CV is immense. Just a few of which are: being a course rep, school officer, holding a position of responsibility within a club or society, completing the My Stirling Award being a member of a team, holding a position within the Students’ Union." Poppy Prior, LLB (2017)
We help to prepare our law graduates for the workplace in a number of ways, including:
Law Advisory Panel: Our degrees are designed with employability in mind and we consult our Law Advisory Panel of employers to review and comment on what we are doing.
Stirling Law School Events and Publications: we run annual ‘Careers in Law’ seminars, Mini Law Fairs and organise workshops on interviews, CVs, internships, placements and psychometric testing with the University’s Career Development Centre. We issue weekly newsletters to all law students which includes a ‘Focus on Careers’ section and publish a range of guides including ‘Getting a Traineeship’ and ‘Developing your Career and CV.’
Commercial Awareness in Law module: develop real world understanding of finance, IT, marketing, personal branding, business planning, team work and presentation skills.
Work Placement Module: this module gives students a fantastic opportunity to experience working in a law environment and receive training and careers guidance within the degree. Our students gave us great feedback on this module -
“It is definitely the most useful module I have done during my university life and would recommend as many students as possible do it. It has taught me so many new things and made me think and do so many things which I hope will benefit me in the future”.
Law is a high status degree.
The LLB is the first step towards qualification as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland. Our LLB is accredited by both Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates and you can learn more about the routes to qualification and the further study you will need to undertake to do so on their websites. However, many LLB graduates go on to different careers altogether, including compliance, business management and recruitment.
BA graduates have a wide range of career options open to them too, including banking, business, retail and more. To qualify as a solicitor or advocate, BA graduates would need to go on to do the Accelerated Graduate LLB followed by further study.
Have a look at our Graduate Skills and Careers page for more inspiration
4. An outward facing Law School
An international perspective
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project (CRC-IP): Professor Elaine E. Sutherland established this project in 2012 to explore the implementation of the Convention in its international and comparative contexts. Three colloquia have taken place thus far as part of this venture, the first on articles 12 (participation rights of the child: University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2013), the second on article 6 (child’s right to life, survival and development: University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2014) and the third on article 3 (primacy of the child's best interests: Edinburgh, Scotland, 2015). A book is forthcoming.
- Election to International Human Rights Committee: Dr Ioana Cismas, a lecturer in the Law School has been elected to the International Human Rights Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA). The membership of this Committee includes a current judge of the European Court of Human Rights, a justice of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, former members of the UN Human Rights Committee, a former UN Special Rapporteur on torture, as well as senior academics and practitioners.
- International Congress of Brazilian Judges’ Association 2016: The Law School hosted over 180 judges from Brazil in June 2016 as part of their International Congress 2016. Speakers at the event included Lady Scott (Supreme Courts of Scotland), Professor Gavin Little (University of Stirling), Dr Rowan Cruft (University of Stirling) and Ms Lorna Richardson (University of Edinburgh).
Dr Oles Andriychuk, a lecturer in the School whose current research is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Grant Schemes is also currently working on the creation of a series of audio interviews with leading experts in the field of EU competition law, economics and policy. The podcasts will address the most topical aspects of the development in European antitrust. Over 70 conversations are already recorded and processed. The podcasts will be available on all major platforms free of charge and we will provide links in due course.
Research Networks and Interdisciplinarity
Professor Gavin Little secured funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to develop a research network on "Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland", involving humanities scholars from a number of Universities, as well as organisations such as Creative Scotland, the Crichton Carbon Centre and Creative Carbon Scotland. The first panels have met in what promises to be an exciting project. For more information visit, http://www.stir.ac.uk/cehp/projects/connectingwithalow-carbonscotland/.
Learning and Teaching
Tikus Little and Lorraine Wilson, Programme Directors are presenting at the QAA Enhancement Themes Conference in June 2016 on “Holistic transition: the journey from new student to confident graduate”. This presentation will cover the transition ‘staging posts’ integrated into overall programme design within the LLB and BA Law programmes at the University of Stirling which are intended to help our students develop into confident graduates with the graduate attributes required for the 21st century. This follows on from a presentation by Alison Green, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at last year’s conference on the “Final Year Conference” introduced in 2014.
Information on our programmes
Postgraduate taught programmes: