Law regulates the conduct of everyone living in a given society. As a subject for study at university, it is concerned with the obligations which individuals owe to each other, whether these are taken on voluntarily (eg under the law of contract) or are imposed by law (as under criminal law).
The Faculty offers both a three-year Pass degree and a four-year Honours degree in Scots Law. Over the course of a typical four- year LLB (Honours) curriculum, you cover many aspects - from the basic sources of law and the way in which they are used, to analysis of the major issues facing a particular area of law at any given time.
The LLB has an obvious appeal to anyone wishing to develop a career in the legal profession, but a law degree is seen as an equally attractive option for a variety of individuals and employers in spheres as diverse as teaching, public sectors, housing, administration, social & welfare services as well as commerce and industry generally.
The LLB law degree is therefore both an academic discipline worthy of study in its own right, and a qualification recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as a necessary preliminary for entry to the Scottish legal profession.
The Educational Route to Enter the Legal Profession:
After completion of an LLB, it is necessary to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. Places on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice are limited and are judged by academic performance.
After completion of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, intending lawyers need to undertake a two year traineeship in a law firm. Applications are directly to law firms and there is increasing competition for traineeship places each year.
Please also note that gaining an LLB does not guarantee a career as a Solicitor or Advocate. Nevertheless, the LLB is a well respected degree and considered to be a solid foundation for entry into a number of different careers.