Why this course?
The Law School at Strathclyde is one of Scotland’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 to society.
You'll gain in-depth knowledge of both English and Scots law. Law firms value students with knowledge of more than one legal jurisdiction. Being able to deal with transactions encompassing both areas of law puts you ahead of other graduates.
This degree is not only useful because it teaches you the law of a number of jurisdictions, but also because your knowledge of a number of legal systems will introduce you to different ways of thinking about law.
The Law Clinic
We'rere home to Scotland’s biggest student-run law clinic, which offers a unique, real-world, learning environment. We also host Ardcalloch, a virtual community where the legal issues of everyday life are played out.
What you’ll study
The four-year LLB curriculum provides in-depth coverage of Scots and English Law. However, as the study of the English law subjects does not start until Year 3, you can opt into, or out of, this programme at any point until the beginning of third year.
(Scots) Criminal Law, Legal Methods, Legal Process, Law and Society, Public Law 1 and (Scots) Voluntary Obligations: Contract and Promises.
Commercial Law, (Scots) Domestic Relations, European Union Law, (Scots) Property Trusts & Succession, and (Scots) Involuntary Obligations: Delict and Unjustified Enrichment, Public Law 2.
English Law of Property and Land, English Criminal Law and evidence, English Law of Torts, (Scots) Evidence, English Law of Contract & Restitution, English Law of Equity & Trusts.
As an Honours student you'll take four optional classes as well as write an 11,000-word dissertation. Formal lectures are replaced by seminars in the final-year.
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.
Students receive basic training in legal skills, such as interviewing, negotiation and advocacy and (in the Clinical Legal Practice course) reflecting on experiences and on the ethics and justice of legal practice. Assessment in relevant courses such as Employment Law and Housing Law will be partly on the basis of students’ handling of cases.
Find out more about our Law Clinic.
This course considers everything from the theory of why and how someone is held responsible for criminal actions, to many specific crimes, including murder, the less serious crimes of personal violence, crimes of dishonesty, breach of the peace and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
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
Law & Society
The aims of this class are to:
- enable students to comprehend the structure, function, operation and proposals for reform of the courts and tribunals in Scotland
- introduce students to the institutions and people involved in legal processes in Scotland
- expose students to an established body of socio-legal scholarship on legal process and to encourage students to use this knowledge to critically assess liberal rule of law ideology
- consider the professional personnel who inhabit the legal world and to examine within broader social and comparative context their respective roles and functions, their recruitment, training, complaints procedures and disciplinary sanctions
- explore on a comparative basis social, political and economic issues in relation to the provision of legal services in Scotland
Public Law 1
This class engages with some challenging problems faced by law within contemporary society. It introduces students to some aspects of the social, political, and ethical conditions in which law operates. It deals with the interaction of law with justice, politics, morals and equality. The course will examine the role and challenges of law in times of social change. The course is structured around three key themes:
- legal reasoning
- law & politics
- law & social change
Voluntary Obligations: Contract & Promises
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.
While the most obvious aim of this course is to familiarise students with Scottish contract law and voluntary obligations, this aim may be divided into a number of sub-aims. They are as follows:
- to place voluntary obligations within the general framework of Scots Law
- to place the Scots law of voluntary obligations within its European context
- to analyse and explain how contracts and promises are formed
- to analyse and explain how voluntary obligations may be vitiated and on what grounds their validity may be challenged
- to analyse and explain the substance of contracts and how the inclusion and exclusion of rights and liabilities is circumscribed by law
- to analyse and explain how contracts break down or otherwise come to an end and the remedies available when they do
Commercial law is a second year compulsory subject on the LLB (and LML) degree. The class provides students with an understanding of commercial law in a Scottish context. It partially meets the commercial law subject requirements and related skills outcomes of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates (albeit that some of the commercial professional topics, eg sale of goods and insurance law, are dealt with by other courses).
Building on the knowledge acquired by students in first year, the general academic objective of the course is to examine the basic principles and rules concerning core aspects of commercial law, including the main principles of agency, partnership and company law, the law relating to various methods of payment (including consumer credit and bills of exchange) the rules governing the ways in which creditors can ‘secure’ repayment of a debt (eg through taking personal guarantees from third parties for repayment of the debt, or by establishing rights in security over debtor property); the basic principles of diligence; the consequences of both corporate and individual debtor inability to repay debts (corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy respectively).
While the focus of the class is on ‘a black letter’ analysis of relevant statutory and common law in the broad commercial area, in order to aid understanding of relevant principles, the class also examines the policy rationales underlying the current law and recent and projected reforms in this area.
Family law concerns the control which the law exerts over domestic relationships and families; it affects everyone to a greater or lesser degree.
- the legal status of children, parental responsibilities and rights and the upbringing of children - including issues in adoption and fostering, local authority care and the Children's Hearing system
- legal consequences of marriage/civil partnership
- divorce - including what happens to the family and its financial consequences
- unmarried domestic relations, opposite-sex and same-sex
Property Trusts & Succession
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.
Involuntary Obligations: Delict & Unjustified Enrichment
The general rationale of this class is to provide students with a contemporary understanding of the law of property, trusts and succession in Scotland, and to meet Law Society of Scotland requirements in this subject-area.
Public Law 2
The design of this class is primarily aimed at enhancing students’ ability to read cases, deal with case law and apply the techniques of case-analysis and common law development.
The student will acquire an in-depth and up to date knowledge and understanding, from both a legal and a social perspective, of the rules of law governing involuntary obligations, that is to say the law of delict and the law of unjustified enrichment.
Students will acquire the ability to apply the rules of law to particular fact situations in order to provide definitive answers to the problems exposed in these situations.
Students will develop critical and reasoning skills, giving them the ability to make and present personal and informed judgments on the rules of law and their application within the domestic legal system.
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
English Criminal Law & evidence
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 Tort
This class will provide you with knowledge of the key concepts of criminal law, the principal criminal offences, the defences available, and the main rules of evidence.
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
The main focus of the course is on providing an overview of how the handling and proving of facts works in law and how this interacts with the law of evidence. The emphasis is on understanding and application, rather than the learning of the specific details of legal rules.
The course has three general academic aims:
- to introduce students to theoretical and practical issues relating to the use and proof of facts in the Scottish legal system
- introduce students to the central concepts, rules and principles of the Scots law of Evidence
- give students an understanding of the interrelationship between the theory, practice and law relating to the use and proof of facts in the Scottish legal system
English Law of Equity & Trusts
This class will provide you with broad knowledge of the main areas of Contract Law and Restitution.
This class is designed to provide you with broad knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of Equity and Trusts.
As an Honours student you'll take four elective classes as well as write an 11,000-word dissertation.
We use many different methods of assessment, in addition to exams and course work. For example, Social Security Law is assessed by students presenting a case. Students from all years can participate in various mooting competitions and Strathclyde has impressive success rates in these. Many students have also competed successfully in national and international mediation competitions.
Learning & teaching
As well as lectures, tutorials and seminars, our teaching methods include experiences such as the Law Clinic and legal practice. In Domestic Relations & Evidence, lectures are delivered by webcasts.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
1st sitting: AAAAB (Higher English B, Maths National 5 C or Intermediate 2 C)
2nd sitting: AAAABBB (Higher English B, Maths National 5 C or Intermediate 2 C)
Year 1 entry
Typical entry requirement: AAB (GCSE English Language 6/B OR English Literature 6/B, GCSE Maths 4/C)
Minimum entry requirement: BBB (GCSE English Language 6/B OR English Literature 6/B, GCSE Maths 4/C)
Year 2 entry
38 (English HL5, Maths SL)
HND Legal Services: Year 1 entry: AAA - AAB in the Graded Units; applicants must have at least three years' post-school experience before embarking on FE study. Other relevant HND qualifications will be considered on an individual basis; please contact us for advice.
- essay-based Highers/Advanced Highers/A Levels recommended, eg Social subjects, Philosophy, Psychology, RMPS
- experience in a law firm is not expected
Deferred entry accepted
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 entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for
an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the
University of Strathclyde.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); 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.
Course materials & costs
Recommended text for first year Law module 'Law & Society' M9113 costs £30.
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?
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.
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
International Students (Non UK, EEA)
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
Undertaking a degree in law in 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.
Careers out with 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
- 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
Strathclyde LLB graduates are eligible to undertake further professional legal training to become a qualified lawyer.
For intending solicitors, this requires you to take the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland. In England and Wales, the system of legal training at present requires intending solicitors to undertake the Legal Practice Course. Entry onto both the Diploma in Scotland and the Legal Practice Course in England is competitive with places awarded on the basis of academic merit. Graduates of these courses then need to complete a two-year traineeship/training contract with a law firm to complete their legal training. Applications are made directly to law firms and there's increasing competition for traineeship/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. Further information may be obtained on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
At present, students interested in becoming a Barrister in England 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 though many candidates will hold a higher classification than this.
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.
Graduates wishing to join the Scottish Bar, as an advocate, have to do a one year Bar traineeship in a solicitors firm. This is followed by nine months ‘devilling’ (training) with an existing advocate.
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 fourth year of study.