Studying for an undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh is more than just an excellent academic experience. As well as being immersed in the heart of our community in our newly refurbished, beautiful home in Old College, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a huge range of activities alongside your studies.
The Law School is based in the University's central campus in the historic Old College building. The Law School recently underwent an extensive refurbishment transforming our premises at Old College into a 21st century home for the School, whilst celebrating and preserving the building's heritage and history.
Designed for the way you study, the new facilities include a spectacular new Law Library, spacious seminar rooms, and dedicated student social spaces at the heart of the School. Classes will take place across a range of buildings in the University's central campus including the Law School.
For the 2021-22 academic year our teaching model will depend on Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time. We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021, but we will provide you with regular updates on what to expect throughout the application process.
The following information is based on our normal campus-based teaching model.
Studying at the University offers a much more independent lifestyle than you may have experienced at school. We expect all our students to take responsibility for their own learning and we firmly believe that the more you put in, the more you will get out of your time here.
We aim to deliver the highest quality of teaching and learning to our students. Methods of teaching and learning in the Law School vary from subject to subject but, in general, formal lecturing provides the teaching framework in years one and two, complemented by small group tutorial sessions.
First year students usually have two or three lectures in each subject per week, plus a regular tutorial. The size of the lectures in some courses may be more than 200, but in other courses the numbers are much smaller. Tutorials usually comprise 12–15 students and thus gives you an important opportunity to engage directly with your tutor.
Lectures provide the guidelines to the subject-matter and outlines the foundations on which you must build. Tutorials provide the opportunity to develop themes or discuss problems, often on the basis of written work.
Lectures and tutorials are replaced at honours level by two-hour seminars in which you will be expected to discuss and explore topics in more depth. While Ordinary courses tend to focus on building your knowledge and applying that knowledge to problem-solving, Honours is more concerned with critical analysis, structured and coherent argument, and independence of thought.
Self-study is also an important part of the law degree: you will be expected to prepare for classes from week 1 of first year, and the more reading you do, the more you will develop your knowledge and understanding of law. Students are also encouraged to form small study groups with your peers, to review lectures and prepare for tutorials or seminars.
LawPALS is our Law Peer Assisted Learning Scheme. It aims to support the academic and social transition of first-year LLB students from their prior learning into the LLB.
The transition from school, employment, or even non-law university study to studying law at university can be daunting. We are dedicated to ensuring that you are given the support and encouragement you need during your first year of study and beyond. All first-year students are automatically guaranteed access to a wealth of experience and information from advanced LLB students (Student Leaders).
You will be assigned to a group, led by a Student Leader, which meets weekly in the first semester. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions that you wouldn't want to ask elsewhere. PALS also covers topics that match the academic timetable so you will receive guidance in getting to grips with law study, writing legal essays, mooting, and preparing for exams.
Edinburgh Law School is situated in the heart of the city of Edinburgh in the historic Old College just a few minutes' walk away from many of the city's famous attractions. Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world and is home to around 100,000 students. Edinburgh is a unique historical city with a lot to offer no matter what your interests.
Edinburgh has a varied social scene with hundreds of bars, clubs, cinemas, and music venues throughout the city. It is also home to 12 major annual festivals including the Film Festival, International Festival, and the Fringe Festival.
Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA)
EUSA is run for students, by students and is here to help you get the most out of your studies. Your students' association represents your interests at all levels, supports over 200 societies, runs four fantastic unions, and offers advice on just about anything. Every student at the University of Edinburgh is a member of EUSA for free.
The Law Students' Council
The Law Students' Council (LSC) is here to help you from your first day in the Law School to your last. It is made up of about 20 students from all levels of study at the Law School. The LSC represents students' views within the Law School and provides you with all the services and information you will need to help you succeed during your time here.
The University of Edinburgh Law Society
The Law Society is one of the University's largest and most active societies. With over 1,000 active members, joining the society is a great way to make life-long friends and relax after a long day in the library.
The society organises a range of social events throughout the year, including the annual Law Ball, and also has several sports teams which play in weekly intramural fixtures. They also work with some of the top UK and international law firms to organise a variety of networking events to enable you to meet top employers in the legal sector.
The Graduate Law Society
The Graduate Law Society aims to provide a social and academic resource network for all of its members. They welcome all law students over the age of 21 no matter what your programme of study. They organise a range of social events and activities throughout the year and provide members with useful tools to help you succeed during your time at the School as well as guidance on how to find jobs.
University of Edinburgh Mooting Society
Mooting is a form of legal debate, modeled on real-life court proceedings. Every year there are two internal competitions: one just for first year students and the other for all other undergraduate and diploma students. The finals of both competitions are always held at the Court of Session and are presided over by a Senator of the College of Justice.
Mooting is great for anyone looking to brush up on their public speaking skills and legal knowledge.
The Law Library
The library is one of the largest law libraries in the UK and holds the bulk of the University's law collections, specialising in Scots, UK, international, and Commonwealth law. It also houses the library of the Europa Institute, an outstanding European Documentation Centre holding a vast collection of legal, criminological, and European materials.
You will also have full access to all of the University of Edinburgh's libraries and a wealth of online resources for law.
The University guarantees an offer of accommodation for all eligible undergraduate students from outside Edinburgh.
Sport and exercise
The University of Edinburgh is one of the leading sports universities in the UK and has a range of world-class sports facilities.
Details of the full range of facilities that you will have access to as a student can be found on the University's main website.
As a student at the University of Edinburgh you will have access to wide range of support services.
When you arrive you will be assigned a personal tutor who can offer assistance and advice throughout your academic journey, including advice on choosing your outside courses, what to do, when you need to take time out, or what to do when personal circumstances affect your work.
The Student Support Office
Based in the Law School, our Student Support Office are here to provide advice and guidance to help support you in your studies.
The Advice Place
The Advice Place provides free, impartial, and confidential information to students on a range of topics.
The Student Disability Service is a service which supports disabled students. They support students with dyslexia, mental health issues, and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Student Counselling Service
The Student Counselling Service offers short term counselling and various drop-in workshops. They can also provide contact details for other organisations that will provide help and support.
The Careers Service
The University's award-winning Careers Service provide advice and guidance to help you with your future career choices.