The Graduate LLB

The Graduate LLB is a two year programme designed to prepare you for entry to training for the Scottish legal profession.

It is the ideal foundation for further professional study in law, usually the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (known as Professional Education and Training stage 1, or PEAT 1). In accordance with the stipulations of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, we will ensure you get the legal skills and knowledge you need for a future in the Scottish legal profession.

It is also an excellent grounding for many other careers, including politics, policy and government work, as it will provide you with a range of useful oratory, academic and professional skills.

Who is this programme for?

The Graduate LLB – or LLB (Ordinary) - is intended for those who already hold a degree level qualification and wish to obtain an undergraduate qualification in the law. For this reason, it is a very attractive conversion course for graduates from all disciplines and nationalities wishing to pursue a career in the law.

Some of our current students and recent graduates have shared their Graduate LLB stories. Read about their experiences.

What will I study?

This two year degree is identical to the first two years of the LLB (Hons) degree - the Ordinary years. You will study a range of courses designed to provide you with the appropriate understanding of general legal principles, theories and techniques. You will study all the courses outlined by the Law Society of Scotland as a requirement to enter into training for the Scottish legal profession.

First year

You will be introduced to general legal principles and legal techniques and will study compulsory courses including Scottish Legal System, Critical Legal Thinking, Family Law, Public Law of the UK and Scotland, Contract Law, and European Union Law.

You will also take a selection of law option courses.

Second year

You will build on the skills and knowledge obtained in Year 1 with a selection of compulsory courses including Property Law, Jurisprudence, Public Law and Individual Rights, Business Entities, Commercial Law, Succession and Trust Law, Delict, Evidence and Criminal Law. You will also take one law option course.

This is the final year of study on the Graduate Entry LLB.

Most students who successfully graduate from the Graduate LLB programme go on to study the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. This is part one (PEAT1) of the training required by the Law Society of Scotland to practice law in Scotland.

Degree structure

To give you an idea of what you will study on Graduate LLB, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Degree structure (2018-19)

Find out more about the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Edinburgh.

Please be aware that all option courses may be subject to change year on year. The courses listed on these and linked pages are indicative for the noted year of study. They may not be available for subsequent years due to teaching resource, availability and demand.

What are the entry requirements for the Graduate LLB?

How do I apply?

Who can I talk to for further information?