The LLB (Honours & Ordinary)

At the University of Edinburgh, there are two main types of undergraduate law degree:

  • The LLB Honours degree (studied over four years)
  • The LLB Ordinary degree (identical to the first two years of the LLB Hons degree)

The LLB at Edinburgh is designed to prepare you for a career as a lawyer in Scotland, providing the ideal foundation for further professional study. In accordance with the stipulations of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, we will ensure you get the knowledge you need for a future in the profession. Although the degree is based on Scots Law, English Law and other systems are considered too.

The LLB is also a fantastic preparation for many other career paths outside of Law, as you will gain many valuable transferable skills.

What will I study?

On the LLB programme you will study Scots Law. Students interested in practising law in England or Wales may not benefit from studying Law in Scotland as there are significant differences between English and Scots Law.

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, Contract Law, Family Law, Public Law of the UK and Scotland, and European Union Law.

Second year

Your courses will include Property Law, Jurisprudence, Public Law and Individual Rights, Delict, and Criminal Law. Business Entities, Commercial Law, Evidence and Succession and Trust Law are required for professional purposes.

Third year

You will have the opportunity to specialise in further law subjects, chosen from a wide range of courses, including Commercial Law, International Law, Property Law, Family Law and Criminology. You will receive legal skills training during your honours study.

If you are studying law with a language you will spend Year 3 abroad. For other students, study abroad is an option.

Year 3 is the final stage of the LLB (Ordinary) programme.

Fourth year

You choose further courses to expand your specialist knowledge, and normally write a dissertation. This will help you develop your legal research and writing skills. This is the final year of the LLB (Hons) programme.

If you are planning to enter the Scottish legal profession, you will need to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice after you graduate. You can apply for the diploma during the final year of the LLB programme.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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

Programme structure (2017/18)

Moving on to the Legal Profession

If you are planning on entering the Scottish legal profession, you will need to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (known as Professional Education and Training stage 1, or PEAT 1) after you graduate. You can apply for the Diploma during your fourth year.

View more information 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 LLB?

What are the English language requirements? 

How do I apply?

Who can I talk to for further information?