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What is law?

The law describes rules set out by governments which members of the community are expected to adhere to. These rules are designed to keep people in society safe and there are punishments for those who fail to adhere to them.

Why study law?

If you pick up a newspaper or visit their website, the chances are one of the first stories you’ll see focuses on the law. Studying law concerns the obligations, duties and rights of every member of society in relation to their neighbours and to society.

Studying law equips you with a multitude of skills. You’ll have the opportunity to follow a variety of career paths including:

  • solicitor/barrister
  • trademark attorney
  • research
  • tax advisor
  • patent attorney
  • judge

View our law courses

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. 

This article explores the process of becoming a lawyer in Scotland and looks at the different roles available within the law profession. 

How to become a lawyer

Why study law at Strathclyde?

The Law School at Strathclyde is one of Scotland’s leading providers of legal education. We put great emphasis on teaching and learning, with a focus on experiential learning.

We’re home to Scotland’s biggest student-run Law Clinic, which offers a unique, real-world, learning environment. It allows students to spend a lot of time outside of the classroom dealing with and advising real clients, and even representing them in a courtroom.

The University of Strathclyde was awarded Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019 - the only institution to win the award twice.

Postgraduate taught: work placements

Some of our LLM law programmes offer the opportunity to undertake a research placement or field dissertation - available on a competitive basis. See individual programme pages for more information.

Postgraduate support

Access a wealth of support and resources for postgraduate study. Details on the application process, accommodation, fees and other useful information can be found here.    

Postgraduate support

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Prospective Student Enquiries

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Professor Elisa Morgera, Professor in Law

Elisa Morgera, Director of the One Ocean Hub

Elisa Morgera is Professor of Global Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School and Director of the GCRF One Ocean Hub programme. She specializes in international, European and comparative environmental law.

Our students

LLM Mediation and Conflict Resolution student Jonathan Rodrigues

Jonathan Rodrigues, India

Mediation & Conflict Resolution

[The course] is led by a faculty who are open-minded and approachable to the inclusive value that mediation preaches. You are tested to challenge your existing philosophy of mediation, invited to relearn by choice and encouraged to reflect on your practice.
Kyle Fawkes law student

Kyle Fawkes, Canada

Global Environmental Law & Governance

The students in my programme hail from countries across four continents and each brings a unique academic or practical background to the class discussions. Many of the virtual activities have promoted intercultural exchanges and collaboration, which are invaluable opportunities in a programme that has a distinct focus on international relations.
Zi Yang PhD candidate

Zi Yang, China

Law (PhD)

Strathclyde encourages critical thinking. Our masters courses focus on discussion. During the seminars, students have opportunities to share their views based on their cultural background, experience and research. This communication inspires students to understand the world from different angles.