LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate

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

Key facts

  • Award LLB
  • Start date September 2023
  • Duration 24 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code M115

Accreditations

The Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates

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Overview

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 in Scotland 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 the 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.

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Professional accreditation

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

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Prizes or awards

The Law School offers academic prizes at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

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.

International entry requirements

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 Academic or UKVI 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 23 August 2022

You must also check the specific English language requirements for your country.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional 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

Course details

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:

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

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:

  • Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Children’s Rights
  • Competition Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Scots Private Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Labour Law
  • Media Law
  • Private International Law of Commercial Law
  • Private International Law of Family and Succession Law
  • Roman Law
  • Sports Law
  • Work Placement in Law

Please note that Honours modules are subject to change and may not run annually.

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2022). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details

Teaching

Modules are delivered byvia face to face lectures and seminars, supplemented by podcasts. Throughout your degree you will be expected to spend a significant proportion of your week reading the material required for seminars and tutorials.

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 of the Accelerated LLB, Year 1, Autumn Semester. In addition to the lectures you will have 6 seminars to attend in each subject/semester as well as  the seminars for the Business of Law module.

Sample timetable
Coumn 1 is time, columns 2 to 5 are days of the week. Rows are times.
TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09:00 Study Session Study Session Study Session Study Session Study Session 
10:00 Delict (Lec) Study Session Study Session Commercial Law (Lec) Study Session 
11:00 Delict (Lec) Study Session Study Session Study Session Study Session 
12:00 Study Session Lunch Study Session Commercial Law (Lec) Study Session 
13:00 Lunch Contract Law (Lec) Lunch Lunch Lunch 
14:00 Public Law and Legal System (Lec) Contract Law (Lec) Sport/Society  Property, Trusts, and Succession (Lec) Study Session
15:00 Public Law and Legal System (Lec) Study Session Sport/Society  Property, Trusts, and Succession (Lec) Study Session 
16:00 Study Session Study Session Sport/Society  Study Session Study Session 
17:00 Study Session Study Session Sport/Society  Study Session Study Session 

Work placement opportunities

The Law School runs a successful Work Placement module which is available as an option in your final year.

Contact

Dr Jayne Holliday, Course Director and Advisor of Studies

j.holliday@stir.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

2022/23 fees
 

UK and Republic of Ireland students

Overseas students

Annual course fee

£8,200

£15,900

 

2023/24 fees
 

UK and Republic of Ireland students

Overseas students

Annual course fee

£8,700

£16,400


For all students

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Scottish students

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland 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.

European Union students

For EU students starting postgraduate studies in the academic year 2022/23, we will offer a fee discount of 40%. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. 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.

After you graduate

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 undertake their Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

The LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate degree is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and recognised by the Faculty of Advocates.

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.

What our students said

Kirsten Read
LLB Law: Accelerated Graduate
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!
Read Kirsten's story

Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.