Law is the system of rules a particular community or country use to regulate the behaviour of its members and how justice is brought within society. The subject of law is made up of a wide range of areas such as Criminal Law, Public Law, Legal Systems, Contract Law, Family Law, Property Law, Commercial Law, Human Rights, Energy Law and more.

Law courses at Stirling can help you take the first step to becoming a lawyer or entering a range of other prestigious professions. You’ll gain a firm grounding in essential subjects and enjoy the freedom to specialise in the areas that interest you most.

Law courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

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infographic: 1st in Scotland

1st in Scotland

for research publications in Law

Research Excellence Framework 2014

infographic: Top 5 in Scotland

Top 5 in Scotland

and Top 20 in the UK for Law

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Graduate careers in Law

Law is recognised as one of the most useful degrees for a wide range of career paths and is highly valued by employers. Law courses at Stirling give you a host of legal and professional skills that can be used in your chosen field.

Graduating with the Stirling LLB will enable students who want to become Scots lawyers to apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Practice, the next step to becoming a lawyer.

Our Law graduates are well-placed to pursue careers in:

  • Law firms
  • Government and regulatory authorities
  • International bodies
  • Non-governmental organisations and charities
  • Management
  • Accounting, finance and banking
  • Data science

Partnerships and industry

Our LLB Law degree is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.

Our Human Rights and Diplomacy programme is taught in partnership with the leading training body of the United Nations: the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).


University of Stirling Law Society – a student run society open for anyone interested in law. They run a range of events including court and parliament trips.

European Law Student Association (ELSA) (Stirling branch) - ELSA offers members opportunities such as mooting competitions and summer and winter law schools all over Europe.

Model United Nations – a society where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations.

Law research

Our Law School has a strong reputation for excellence in research, with 65% of our research publications rated as either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Research is centred around a number of areas, reflecting staff expertise: Private Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Public Law, Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Legal Philosophy.

Find out more about our Law research.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Postgraduate students undertaking a PhD or MPhil in Law at the University benefit directly from our vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy

An interdisciplinary research centre linking Politics, History, Heritage, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Sociology and Law.