Undergraduate Study at Aberdeen

Degree of LLB

The LLB requires three years to complete, during which students must give a satisfactory performance in a broad selection of law subjects. The LLB curriculum does not assume that a student necessarily wishes to enter the legal profession. Students are nevertheless given the opportunity to include in their course of study those courses which will give full exemption from the professional examinations of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.


Degree of LLB with Honours

In the latter part of the second year of their LLB, students decide whether they wish to apply for the four-year degree of LLB with Honours. Admission is on the basis of academic performance. Students take six Honours subjects, studied over two years. Also, each student is required to prepare a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. The selection of courses available in any given year is set out in the Honours Prospectus. 

The School of Law is now offering a degree of Law with English Law.

A degree in Law with English Law is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. A key element of this degree is the choice it gives you in respect of your future decisions regarding the legal profession.  If you take this degree, you will have all the necessary subjects to proceed to the professional training stage in  Scotland OR in England and Wales which will involve different first steps for the solicitors and barristers pathway (and a 2:2 is required for the English bar) subject of course to your obtaining a place at the appropriate institution and bearing in mind the variety and limits of opportunities for funding and obtaining loans.

Note that the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England is presently reviewing its requirements for training for the period from at the earliest 2018/19.  The present consultation closes in January 2017.  The Bar Standards Board are also considering matters, and their consultation closes in December 2016  For more information, please see SRA  http://www.sra.org.uk/sra/consultations.page  (and "Statement of Transitional Arrangements"  https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/training-for-tomorrow/Resources/transitional-arrangements-qanda.page) and for the BSB https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/media/1789161/future_bar_training_routes_consultation__final.pdf


Combined LLB Degrees

A law degree may be combined with language study or with any number of other subjects:

  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in French Language
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in German Language
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in Spanish Language
  • Law with Options in Gaelic Language
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in Accountancy
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in Economics
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in Management Studies
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) with Options in Music

A law degree may also be combined with the study of the law of another country:

  • LLB or LLB (Honours) and French Law
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) and German Law
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) and Belgian Law
  • LLB or LLB (Honours) and Spanish Law

Students who take an option in foreign law spend their third year studying abroad. To be considered for the year abroad (and thus to receive the combined degree) students must show satisfactory academic results in their first and second year.


Foreign Study Programmes

Students enrolled in a degree programme which includes the law of a foreign jurisdiction (see immediately above) will ordinarily spend a year in Europe as part of the Erasmus Exchange Programme. There are further opportunities for studying abroad through the SOCRATES programme. Also, the School of Law has reciprocal agreements with the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town, under which students from Aberdeen trade places with students in South Africa.


Accelerated two-year LLB for Graduates

The Law School have places available for well qualified graduates seeking admission to the two year LLB programme.


Part-time LLB

An LLB may be awarded by part-time study over five years. The programme is available to both graduates and non-degree holders. Further information can be found on the Student Recruitment and Admission Service website.


Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be obtained from the InfoHub.


Please visit the University Calendar for information on all undergraduate degrees offered by the School of Law.