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LLB Law (Scots & English) (Graduate Entry)


Key facts

  • UCAS Code: M117
  • Facilities: Strathclyde Law Clinic

Study with us

  • benefit from high-quality research-led teaching at one of Scotland’s leading providers of legal education
  • gain valuable professional skills whilst providing access to justice for members of the public
  • get practical court-room experience through the Mooting Society and enter competitions
  • learn about the law of a number of jurisdictions and develop different ways of thinking about law

Our accredited programme is currently under review due to changes been made to the regulatory regime which allows students to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. More information will become available shortly on this programme. Please continue to check this page for information.

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Why this course?

The Strathclyde Law School 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.

If you're looking for flexibility in your future career, this is the course for you.

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.

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What you’ll study

This is an accelerated programme for graduates from other disciplines and you’ll enter into year two of the degree.

Depending on performance, there may be an opportunity for you to proceed to an Honours year.

You'll study the same curriculum as LLB Law (Scots)  in the first year and then you can go on to study English law subjects in the Summer school between years 1 & 2.

This course covers the core subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland as well as regulatory bodies in England/Wales and Northern Ireland. Please note that the route to qualification in England/Wales is currently changing. Take a look at the Careers tab for further details.

Year 1

(Scots) Criminal Law, Law & Society, Legal Methods, Legal Process, Public Law 1, (Scots) Voluntary Obligations: Contract & promise, (Scots) Domestic Relations.

Summer School

English Law of Contract, English Law of Tort, English Property and Land Law.

The summer school will take place from the end of May in your first year of study until the middle of August. 

You'll be taught through a mix of online lectures and on-campus lectures and seminars.  

You're required to attend classes on campus in the first week of June, July and August. Examinations take place in August.

Year 2

Public Law 2, Commercial Law, English Criminal Law & Evidence, English Law of Equity & Trusts, (Scots) Property, Trusts and Succession, European Union Law, (Scots) Involuntary Obligations: Delict and Unjustified Enrichment.

* This programme does not meet the Northern Ireland Evidence requirement. Special examinations are held each year in Northern Ireland for students who have not studied Evidence.

Year 3 (Optional)

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. 

** English Bar

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) requires a minimum 2:2 Honours classification in your law degree for admission to the English Bar. Therefore, before starting on the dual-qualifying Graduate Entry programme, you should be aware that you'll need to study for Honours and achieve a minimum of a 2:2 classification if you intend to pursue a career at the English Bar.

Staying for Honours may also be advantageous should you decide to pursue a career as a solicitor. The Law School operates an open door admission policy to Honours. Entry into honours is conditional on you having gained the requisite number of credits for the award of a pass degree at the June or September Exam Board.

How to become a lawyer

There are different routes to a career in law. The choices you make now can affect the steps you would need to take to achieve your desired career in law. Here we explore the process of becoming a lawyer in Scotland and look at the different roles available within the law profession.

How to become a lawyer

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I am a Barrister and Solicitor Licencing Candidate from Toronto, Canada specializing in real estate law. I graduated from the LLB Scots & English (Graduate Entry) program and have since been working in the legal sector.
Savio Baptista
Law (Scots & English) (Graduate Entry)


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. Access to justice for vulnerable members of our community is the central ethos of the Law Clinic.

More than 200 of our students are now involved and regularly represent clients in the Employment Tribunal and Simple Procedure cases in the Sheriff Courts.

Students admitted to membership of the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic are able to follow the LLB (Clinical) programme (highlighted above).

As a member of the Law Clinic, you'll undertake cases involving a wide variety of legal areas and provide clients with a wide variety of services ranging from advice (both via email and face to face), to letter writing and negotiation, and even advocacy in the courts or tribunals. You can also choose to become involved in investigating miscarriages of justice and fresh claims of asylum, supporting survivors of gender-based violence, and providing public legal education in schools, prisons and other areas.

Find out more about our Law Clinic.

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Course content

Criminal Law

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.

Law & Society

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


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
Legal Process
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

The aims of this class are to develop knowledge and critical analysis of:

  • the nature of the United Kingdom constitution, including the ways in which the constitution has changed in recent decades, and key proposals for further reform
  • the sources of constitutional rules, both legal and non-legal
  • the central principles of the constitution, including democracy, the rule of law, the separation of powers, the sovereignty of Parliament, responsible government, and fundamental human rights
  • the structure, composition, functions and powers of legislative, executive and judicial institutions in Scotland and the United Kingdom
  • the impact of European Union membership on the location of power within the United Kingdom constitution, and of the relevance of European human rights law
Voluntary Obligations: Contract & Promises

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
Domestic Relations

Family law concerns the control which the law exerts over domestic relationships and families; it affects everyone to a greater or lesser degree.

Topics include:

  • 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
English Law of Contract & Restitution

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

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 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. 

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.

Commercial Law

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.

English Criminal Law & evidence

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.

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.

Property Trusts & Succession

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.

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.

Involuntary Obligations: Delict & Unjustified Enrichment

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.


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
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.

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. 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Second-class Honours degree in any discipline. Lower, or alternative qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A 2:2 Honours degree in Law is required for entry to the English Bar.

Applicants should consult the Careers tab to find out more regarding entry requirements.

International students

View the 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.


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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I really enjoy the material I have learned thus far, in the first semester of the program you study Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Law and Society, as well as Legal Methods which are all exciting courses. I enjoy how the professors are passionate about the aspect of law in which they are teaching.
Jessica MacDonald
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Fees & funding

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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.

Additional costs

Course modules

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.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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

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Students from Scotland

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, 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

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

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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.

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
  • 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

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 Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland or the Legal Practice Course in England. 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.

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.

Please note that from 2021, 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 should note that from 2019, arrangements applicable to intending Barristers in England and Wales will change. Find out more on the Bar Standards Board webpage.

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 may sit a special examination in Belfast. Queen's University Belfast information booklet for applicants can be viewed here.

Where are they now?

Recent job titles include:*

  • Editor & Legal Writer
  • Law Tutor
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Adviser
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Researcher

Recent employers include:

  • Action for Children
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Miller Samuel LLP
  • Perth and Kinross Council
  • Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Scottish Parliament Information Centre
  • University of Strathclyde

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education.

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Our accredited programme is currently under review due to changes been made to the regulatory regime which allows students to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. More information will become available shortly on this programme. Please continue to check this page for information.

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