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.
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.
LLB (Hons) UCAS M114
See also: Accelerated Graduate LLB
The Stirling LLB is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, which are the professional bodies for Scots lawyers.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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AABB - one sitting.
AAAB - two sittings.
BTEC (Level 3):
Scottish HNC/D - As in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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.
|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|
|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.
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The main aims of the LLB are to:
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.
During the first five semesters, you are introduced to the fundamental areas of law. Core modules include:
From Semester 5 onwards, you can select advanced modules from a range of specialist legal topics, including:
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).
The LLB (Honours) is available as a full-time and part-time degree course.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
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 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:
"It is no exaggeration to say that I have enjoyed virtually everything about my time at Stirling.The highlights for me are: the intellectual stimulation, inspiring tutors I have had the privilege to be taught by and learn from, the lovely friends I have made, interesting people I have had the opportunity to meet and the graduate job I have been successful in securing."
Poppy Prior, Law LLB (Hons), Graduated 2017
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.
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:
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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:
*modules are subject to availability and programme choice
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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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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: