Student volunteers having a meeting round a table at the University of Strathclyde's Law Clinic

LLB Law (Clinical) (Graduate Entry)

Why this course?

This two year course is ideal for those who have already obtained an undergraduate degree, and are keen to further their knowledge in the field of law and gain real-life case experience in Strathclyde’s Law Clinic. Depending on performance, there may be an opportunity for you to proceed to an Honours year.

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.

This course offers you the opportunity to undertake a law degree recognised in Scotland. You'll gain in-depth knowledge of Scots law in a department that puts special emphasis on experiential learning.

We're home to Scotland’s biggest student-run law clinic, which offers a unique, real-world, learning environment. Membership of the Clinic is a requirement of the CLLB; membership is highly competitive and requires applicants to pass both written and face-to-face interview stages. The written application form is available from the Law Clinic. If a CLLB applicant does not gain entry to membership of the Law Clinic, but otherwise fulfils the entrance requirements for this degree, they would be offered a place on the regular Graduate Entrant LLB programme instead.

What you’ll study

This is an accelerated programme for graduates from other disciplines. You'll study a three-year LLB condensed into two years. The programme covers all of the compulsory professional subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland to practice as a solicitor in Scotland.

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

First year of study

  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law 1
  • Legal Methods (Clinical)
  • Law and Society
  • Voluntary Obligations: Contract and Promise (Clinical)
  • Legal Process (Clinical)
  • Involuntary Obligations: Delict and Unjustified Enrichment; or Involuntary Obligations: Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (Clinical)

Second year of study

  • European Union Law
  • Evidence
  • Clinical Legal Practice
  • Ethics and Justice
  • Public Law 2 or Public Law 2 (Clinical)
  • Domestic Relations
  • Commercial Law or Commercial Law (Clinical)
  • Property Trusts and Succession or Property Trusts and Succession (Clinical)

Facilities

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 arenas.

Find out more about our Law Clinic.

Major projects

From the second semester of your first year, you'll write a fortnightly diary reflecting on your clinical experience and what you're learning in terms of skills, legal knowledge and ethical values. These will be commented on by academic staff, to whom you'll then respond. In this way, you'll engage in an ongoing dialogue designed to deepen your understand about law, legal practice, legal ethics and justice.

Course awards

Since its inception the Law Clinic has won numerous awards for its work, most notably in the annual LawWorks & Attorney General Student Awards, which it has won twice in the last six years. The Clinic has also won three awards over the same period for Best Individual Contribution and one for Best Team (its executive committee). No other UK law clinic has gained more awards or nominations. Another notable success was receiving the Herald Society Team of the Year award in 2012 and again in 2018.

Student competitions

Each year, the Law Clinic awards various prizes for student achievement in the Law Clinic, namely Best Newcomer, Best Project Work, Best Cases, Best Advisor, The Amanda Benstock Award for Compassion, The Effie Shaw Award for Dedication and finally the Best Overall Contribution. Nominations are made by the students themselves and prizes are awarded at the Annual General Meeting in October.

Guest lectures

The Clinic provides a comprehensive programme of training by experienced practitioners in areas like employment law, immigration law, tribunal and small claims procedures. Specialist classes are also provided for CLLB students (in addition to those received by students on the LLB), on topics including legal and other skills such as negotiation and mediation.  

Other great things about this course

The course is unique in the extent to which it allows students to integrate their Law Clinic experience throughout the law curriculum and to reflect on the skills and values of legal practice.

Accreditation

Recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as a Foundation programme, being one part of the route to qualification as a solicitor in Scotland

Course content

The Clinical LLB involves the same curriculum as that of the standard LLB, but with the requirement that students take a minimum of five clinical classes.

The compulsory clinical classes are:

  • Legal Methods (Clinical)
  • Voluntary Obligations: Contract and Promise (Clinical)
  • Ethics and Justice
  • Clinical Legal Practice
  • Legal Process (Clinical)

Students may also take a clinical version of the following classes:

  • First year of study: Involuntary Obligations
  • Second year of study: Commercial Law, Property, Legal Theory, Trusts and Succession, Public Law 2

Thus the curriculum is:

First year of study

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.

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.

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
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
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 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

The following classes can be taken as a regular law class or as a clinical option - Involuntary Obligations or Involuntary Obligations (Clinical).

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.

Second year of study

Evidence

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
Ethics & Justice

The Ethics and Justice class aims to introduce students to the world of work by bridging the gap between theory and practice, and by providing them with the intellectual and practical tools to deal with the personal and practical dimensions of law in a competent, ethical and socially responsible manner.

The class will help to develop students’ legal, intellectual and practical skills, and provide them with an opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness and ethics of what they do and how this fits in with problems of access to justice. It will also enhance student understanding of the social and economic context in which legal rules operate.

This class is only open to Law Clinic students with case experience.

Clinical Legal Practice

Clinical Legal Practice is the module in which Clinical LLB students showcase a portfolio of their work from throughout the degree. 

The collection of casework, reflective diaries, evidence of Continuing Professional Development, attendance at Case Surgeries, and participation at Initial Advice Clinics provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their development as a lawyer and their contribution to justice in the community.

There are no contact hours for this module, aside from a final oral examination, as the contact hours have been accrued through the activities set out above and completed throughout the duration of the CLLB degree.

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.

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

Each of the following classes are also compulsory, but they can be taken as a regular law class or taken in clinical form. Students taking the clinical version of the class will explore the issues dealt with in the standard class syllabus in the context of an actual clinical case they have undertaken or are undertaking.

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.

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.

Third year of study

Optional classes

At the end of Year 2 you'll have the option to transfer on to the Honours programme. As an Honours student you'll complete four optional classes as well as writing an 11,000 word dissertation.

Students in their Honours year must undertake take 120 credits of study. Of these 120 credits, at least 40 must be taken clinically. These clinical credits may come from the following: Dissertation (Clinical) which counts for 40 credits; and/or Ethics & Justice; Mediation (Clinical); Labour Law (Clinical); Law, Justice & Discretion (Clinical), each of which count 20 credit points.

A student who does not undertake a clinical dissertation must undertake a standard dissertation worth 40 credits. Students must also select a further 40 credits from the list below.

Please note that options are not guaranteed to run in any academic year.

  • Issues in Intellectual Property
  • European Union Law
  • Law, Persons & Property
  • Criminology
  • Public International Law
  • Labour Law
  • Law of Business Associations
  • Consumer Law
  • Legal Aspects of International Trade
  • Law of Competition
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Profession
  • Social & Welfare Law
  • Computer Law
  • Legislation
  • Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Protection of Human Rights in the UK
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Obligations
  • Law, Discretion & Justice
  • Financial Services Regulation

Entry requirements

A second-class Honours degree in any discipline. A meritorious Ordinary degree may be acceptable if you passed all your undergraduate classes at first attempt.

Additional Requirements

Stage 1: When you submit your UCAS application, you will be invited to submit an application to the Strathclyde Law Clinic. This is a paper-based application which you will be sent directly by the Department. This application will be considered by members of the Law Clinic. If you are successful at this stage, you will proceed to stage 2.

Stage 2: Applicants who reach stage 2 will be required to interview face-to-face for a position in the Law Clinic. For applicants based overseas, this may be done by Skype. Applicants who are unsuccessful at interview may be made an alternative offer on a non-Clinical Law programme.

International students

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?

2019/20

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

Scotland/EU
  • £8,100
Rest of UK
  • £8,100

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.

International

  • £15,150

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.

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.

Available scholarships

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

Careers

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 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 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 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.

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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  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
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  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
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