The Graduate LLB

Welcome to 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

Your first year will serve as an introduction to general legal principles and techniques.

You will take 120 credits of study.

You will study six compulsory courses. Theses courses are all required by the Law Society of Scotland for entry into training for the Scottish legal profession:

You will also choose 40 credits of option courses in law. The Law Society of Scotland requires for entry into training for the legal profession a total of 240 credits in law courses. This means that all your option courses must be taken from law courses. The courses indicated here are correct for the 2016/17 year. These may be subject to change year-on-year.

View the full list of law course options for year one.

Before choosing these optional courses you should discuss your choice with your Personal Tutor.

What is a Personal Tutor?

Second Year

Your second year will build-on and develop the legal skills and knowledge you acquired in year one.

You will take 120 credits of study.

You will study nine compulsory courses. Those marked with an asterisk (*) below indicated those courses which are required by the Law Society of Scotland to enter into training for the Scottish legal profession.

You will also choose a maximum of 10 credits of option courses in law. The courses indicated here are correct for the 2016/17 year. These may be subject to change year-on-year.

Find out more about the option law courses in year two.

Before choosing these optional courses you should discuss them with your choices with your Personal Tutor.

If you are not looking to progress to legal practice, it may be possible to substitute some or all of the following courses for other law courses: Business Entities, Commercial Law, Succession and Trusts.

This will be the final year of your programme.

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.

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

NOTES:
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?