LLB Hons English Law

Places for this course are still available through Clearing 2020.

Key facts

  • UCAS Code: M111
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: see careers rab
  • Ranked: top 10 in the UK for Law (Complete University Guide 2021)

  • Course duration: three years

Study with us

  • undertake a three-year Honours degree recognised in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • graduates will satisfy the qualifying criteria of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board of England/Wales
  • meet the Northern Ireland Evidence requirement through Honours elective study
  • benefit from high-quality research-led teaching at one of Scotland's leading providers of legal education
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Why this course?

The Law School at Strathclyde is one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education.

Studying law concerns the obligations, duties and rights of every member of society in relation to their neighbours and society.

This degree will provide you with grounding in the key laws and principles underpinning English Law.


THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study

Students enter directly into the second year of the course.

Year 2

English Criminal Law, Legal Methods, Law & Society, English Law of Tort, Public Law 1, English Contract, Law of the EU

Year 3

Public Law 2, English Law of Property & Land, English Law of Equity & Trusts, Three elective classes

Year 4 (Honours year)

Students in their Honours year must take any four modules from the Honours option list below and complete an 11,000-word, independently-researched dissertation. 

*Students who wish to meet the Northern Ireland Evidence requirement can take an elective Honours module on the Law of Evidence in their Honours year of study.

Honours Option List - Semester One
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law in Theory & Practice
  • EU Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition Law
  • Public International Law
  • Law, Persons & Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics & Justice
Semester Two
  • Criminology
  • Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Mediation/Meditation (Clinical)
  • Law of Business Associations
  • Law, Justice and Society/ Law Justice & Discretion (Clinical)
  • Legislation
  • Computer Law
  • Governance of Human Enhancement Technologies


Law Clinic

Strathclyde’s Law Clinic is run by students for members of the public who cannot afford a lawyer and are not eligible for legal aid.

More than 200 of our students are now involved and regularly represent clients in Small Claims and Sheriff Courts.

Find out more about our Law Clinic.

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Cecilia Chum Strathclyde student
The main reason I chose to study English Law is that it is very useful, we use this in Hong Kong and many other countries, such as UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia… so basically I can work anywhere after I graduate from my course!
Cecilia Chum
LLB English Law student
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Course content

Semester 1

Legal Methods

The aims of this class are to:

  • provide students with a basic knowledge of the history, structure and institutions of the Scottish legal system
  • provide students with the skills required to find, interpret and analyse the law applicable in Scotland, from all their various sources
  • introduce students to competing conceptions of law
  • introduce students to legal reasoning
Public Law 1

Following on from the introduction to the constitution – its key actors, institutions and their functions – in Public Law 1, students taking Public Law 2 will build upon that knowledge here: first by focusing on the ways in which legal (judicial review) and quasi-legal (tribunals, public inquiries, ombudsmen) bodies supervise the exercise of constitutional and administrative decision making; secondly, by a detailed analysis of the political and legal mechanisms which exist for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms. As such, Public Law 2 is concerned with the abuse of power, and the ways and means by which power can be limited and held to account – whether that is the power of a golf club to suspend an unruly member, the power of a local authority to order the compulsory purchase of privately owned property, or the power of the Prime Minister to wage war.

Semester 2

English Law of Tort

This class is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of the defining features and main areas of the English Law of Tort. 

English Law of Contract & Restitution

This class will provide you with broad knowledge of the main areas of Contract Law and Restitution. 

EU Law

The EU law class focuses on the constitutional and institutional order of the EU as well as on the internal market. To this end, the class looks at the European integration process, the EU institutions, EU competences, the decision-making process within the EU, the principles underpinning the EU legal order and the principles governing the internal market.

Semester 1

Public Law 2

Following on from Public Law 1, Public Law 2 aims to consolidate knowledge and understanding of constitutional and administrative law. Students taking this class will require to have taken Public Law 1 in the first year. It'll build upon knowledge of the key concepts and institutions of the UK constitution. As a second year class, its rationale is to give students the opportunity to progress from an understanding of the constitution to an understanding of the role of the law in the constitutional control of public power. This course encourages students to adopt an evaluative and critical stance towards ongoing constitutional developments. The course will focus on control of administrative action, both by the judiciary and by ombudsmen. The protection of individual rights will be a key feature, focusing on judicial protection but also encompassing the role of human rights institutions in the UK and Scotland. The future control of public power will be discussed, including topical debates concerning constitutional reform in this area.

English Law of Property and Land

This class is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of some of the core theories and rules underpinning Property and Land Law. 

English Law of Equity & Trusts

This class is designed to provide you with broad knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of Equity and Trusts.

Semester 2

Elective classes

You'll undertake three different elective classes.

Elective classes

As an Honours student you'll take four elective classes from the options below as well as write an 11,000 word dissertation. Please note that options are not guaranteed to run in any academic year.

Semester One

  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law in Theory & Practice
  • EU Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition Law
  • Public International Law
  • Law, Persons & Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics & Justice

Semester Two

  • Criminology
  • Legal Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Mediation/Meditation (Clinical)
  • Law of Business Associations
  • Law, Justice and Society/ Law Justice & Discretion (Clinical)
  • Legislation
  • Computer Law
  • Governance of Human Enhancement Technologies
Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 - Top 10 for Law.

We're ranked Top 10 in the UK for Law.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.


Standard entry requirements*:

2nd sitting: AAAAABB

(Advanced Higher in an essay-based subject, e.g. English, History Modern Studies. Maths/Application of Mathematics National 5 C, or equivalent)

Minimum entry requirements**:

2nd sitting: AAAABBB

(Advanced Higher in an essay-based subject, e.g. English, History, Modern Studies. Maths/Application of Mathematics National 5 C, or equivalent)

A Levels


(GCSE English Language 6/B, or Literature 6/B, GCSE Maths 4/C)

International Baccalaureate


(English HL5, Maths SL)


Legal Services:

Year 1 entry: AAA in Graded Unit and interview

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Deferred Entry

Not normally accepted

Additional Information

  • essay-based Highers/Advanced Highers/A Levels recommended, e.g. Social subjects, Philosophy, Psychology, RMPS
  • experience in a law firm is not expected
  • at Strathclyde, Law is also offered as a subject in the BA (Honours) degree

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

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Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Find out all about the Law School here at Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.



Rest of UK


Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.



University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Additional costs

Course materials

No additional costs for law modules and all compulsory material is in the library.

Study abroad

If a student is studying abroad, they are responsible for all costs.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UKScholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Undertaking a degree in law at the University of Strathclyde will help you to gain confidence and develop persuasive oral communication skills. You'll also develop excellent written communication skills, being able to write concisely and pay attention to detail.

You'll be able to show excellent research and analytical skills alongside being able to interpret and explain complex information clearly to a wide range of audiences.

As a Law student, you'll also be able to formulate sound arguments, think laterally and develop strong problem-solving skills.

Practising law

Strathclyde LLB graduates are eligible to undertake further professional legal training to become a qualified lawyer.

For intending solicitors, at present, this requires you to take the Legal Practice Course in England. Entry onto the Legal Practice Course in England is competitive with places awarded based on academic merit. At present, graduates of this course then need to complete a two-year training contract with a law firm to complete their legal training. Applications are made directly to law firms and there's increasing competition for training contract places each year. Please note that from 2020, the system of legal training in England and Wales to become a solicitor will change with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) Further information may be obtained on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.

Students interested in becoming a Barrister in England at present must undertake the Bar Professional Training Course followed by a pupillage at a barristers chambers. Entry to the Bar Professional Training Course is extremely competitive with students required to sit and pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test. Any students interested in the Bar in England should note that the Bar Standards Board requires you to hold a minimum of a 2:2 Honours classification in your law degree.

Students should note that from 2019, arrangements applicable to intending Barristers in England and Wales will change. Find out more on the Bar Standards Board website.

Further information on qualifying as a solicitor or a Barrister in Northern Ireland is available from Queens University Belfast. Students who wish to meet the Northern Ireland Evidence requirement can take an elective Honours module on the Law of Evidence in their Honours year of study.

Careers outwith the legal sector

While the skills you'll gain are highly sought after in the legal sector, they're also highly transferable to other career areas. Law graduates who don’t want to work in the legal sector often move into areas such as:

  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Tax
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Development
  • Civil Service
  • Police & Prison Services

Graduates may also work in advocacy and advisory roles such as:

  • Citizens Advice
  • Victim Support
  • Roles working with refugees and asylum seekers
  • Regulatory roles within Health and Safety and Trading Standards
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Contact us

Undergraduate Selection

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our team are working from home and can be contacted by email: hass-ug-selectors@strath.ac.uk.