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LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate

UCAS Code UBX18-LAWAGP

Our two-year accredited course offers an entry route into the Scottish legal profession, enabling graduates to practise as a solicitor or work towards becoming an advocate in Scotland.

LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate

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Key facts

  • Award LLB
  • Start date September
  • Duration 24 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations The Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates

Our LLB will give you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of legal principles, theories, institutions and rules – as well as the wider social and political context in which law operates. This two-year course gives you a well-rounded qualification that can be your first step towards becoming a Scots lawyer or entering other prestigious professions. On completion, graduates wishing to become lawyers can apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice course.

The main objectives of this accelerated law degree are to help you:

  • develop fundamental in-depth knowledge and understanding of,
    • the principles, concepts, values, substantive rules and development of the Scottish legal system and core areas of Scots law
    • the wider context within which the Scottish legal system operates
    • the main institutions and procedures of the Scottish legal system
  • develop intellectual rigour, independence of mind, critical thought and legal problem-solving and research skills to a highly advanced level, as well as more general transferable intellectual skills which are of value in the practice of Law and a wide range of careers
  • gain the in-depth knowledge, understanding and independent research skills needed to progress to further studies in Law, or in multi-disciplinary areas involving law
  • get the self-confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills that will provide added benefit to you as individuals, to the legal profession and to society as a whole

You’ll also develop your commercial awareness in a new module on the Business of Law which has been designed to enhance your employability. Spread over the duration of your degree, this module will draw on your own experience, external industry speakers and interactive seminars to enhance your business skills and develop entrepreneurship which is sought after by employers. It will culminate in a tailormade project on an area of legal business that interests you.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditation

    This LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate degree is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. Please note, further study is required beyond this course to practise as an advocate in Scotland. 

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  • Entry requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree 2:1 preferred. If you don’t have these formal qualifications but have significant relevant work and life experience we still encourage you to apply.

    Check entrance requirements for your country.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • 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

    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.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

    More information on our English language requirements

    English language courses

    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.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

The Accelerated Graduate LLB course is a two-year degree, with two semesters in each year. You’ll take all of the professional modules required by the Law Society of Scotland including modules on:

  • sources of law
  • contract
  • delict
  • family law
  • criminal law
  • different aspects of business law

You’ll also have the chance to take four Honours level subjects to develop an even deeper understanding of the law in context. We have a wide range of options, including:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Environmental Law,
  • Sports Law
  • Competition Law
  • Family Law
  • Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Business Law related subjects

Please note that Honours modules are subject to change and may not run annually – for full details, please contact the Programme Director.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars.

  • Assessment

    Assessment is by class tests, essays, student presentations and final examinations which take place at the end of each semester. The coursework assessment methods and format of final examinations vary according to the specific requirements of each module.

  • Classroom hours

    The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

    Time

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thur

    Fri

    09:00

     

    Property, Trusts and Succession

    Family Law

       

    10:00

    Criminal law

    Property, Trusts and Succession

    Family Law

    Family Law 

     Property, Trusts and Succession

    11:00

             

    12:00

     Public law

           

    13:00

     

    Criminal law

         

    14:00

     

    Public law

     

     Criminal law

     

    15:00

     

    Public law

     

     Criminal law

     

    16:00

             

    17:00

             
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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.

    £5,950

    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.

    £5,950*

    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £5,950 £5,950

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. 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.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students on this programme are self-funding, however some funding may be available from relevant grants and trusts. See the Law Society of Scotland website for more details.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

Our courses are modern and relevant to employers and our professional modules are reviewed by solicitors and advocates to ensure that they are in line with requirements of current practice. We’ve also set up a Law Advisory Panel made up of employers from a number of businesses, including the legal profession, to tell us what employers look for in graduates. That helps us to equip you for your chosen career.

Graduating with the Stirling LLB will enable students who want to become Scots lawyers to apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, which is offered by a number of universities, and is the next stage in qualifying as a lawyer in Scotland. Students who want to practise law in England and Wales will have to complete a postgraduate conversion course.

The LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate degree is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and by the Faculty of Advocates. In addition, a number of other professional bodies will grant exemptions from some of their exams to LLB graduates, including the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Where are our graduates now?

Our LLB graduates go into a wide range of careers. Those who have gone on into Scottish legal practice have gone to firms such as:

  • Brodies LLP
  • Balfour and Manson LLP
  • ACH Shoosmiths
  • CMS Cameron Mckenna
  • Cowan Douglas
  • DWF Biggart Baillie
  • Digby Brown LLP
  • Katani and Co

Our graduates are practising in all areas of law including property, criminal defence, private client, commercial and corporate law.

The LLB is also recognised as a rigorous degree that develops important intellectual and personal skills, making graduates attractive to employers in a wide range of other professions. Many LLB graduates choose to pursue careers in banking, insurance, accounting, management, the civil service and education.

  • Employability skills

    We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the attributes that employers look for. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities we have a dedicated Employability and Skills Officer. The University of Stirling’s Careers and Employability Service work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and be ready for the employment market.

    Every effort is made on the LLB course to develop your transferable skills in the delivery of teaching and the design of assessments.

  • Companies we work with

    We invite employers to regular law careers events throughout the duration of the course, including representatives from major law firms, the Government Legal Service of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, the In-House Lawyers Group and voluntary bodies such as CAB to advise our students on career options.

I enjoyed my time at the Stirling Law School and am now a fully qualified solicitor working in infrastructure, planning and litigation. There is never a dull day in the job!
Kirsten Read
LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate
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The passion and knowledge of my lecturers and tutors appealed to the inquisitive side of my nature
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