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Graduate LLB

The Graduate LLB is a two-year programme 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.

Students in a lecture

The Graduate LLB is primarily designed to prepare you for entry to the Scottish legal profession and 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.

Though the degree is a qualifying degree for professional practise in Scotland, a number of graduates also go on to qualify and practise as a lawyer in other jurisdictions, in accordance with the relevant local conversion requirements and any further study required in the non-Scottish destination jurisdiction.

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.

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
  • European Union Law

You will also take a selection of optional courses. Please note if you intend to practise law in Scotland you will be required to take all law optional courses.

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
  • Criminal Law

You will also take one optional course. Please note if you intend to practise law in Scotland you will be required to take all law courses.

Programme structure

To help you find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree 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.

Degree structure (2024-25)

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.

Student Profiles

Find out what it's like to study for a Graduate LLB Law degree at Edinburgh Law School from our students.

Noah, a 2023 graduate of the Graduate LLB programme talks about what it's like to study at Edinburgh Law School.


All enquiries regarding undergraduate applications to Law should be made to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Admissions Office.


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