Find a Degree Undergraduate Law (M114)

Degree Structure

A degree in Law is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning, preparing you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

The Course Catalogue provides more information about the range of courses we offer. Aberdeen's curriculum can offer you further benefits to support your learning. Find out more information at The Difference.

First Year

Compulsory Courses

  • Criminal Law (LS1020)
  • Foundations of Private Law (LS1022)
  • Legal System (LS1025)
  • Contract (LS1520)
  • Public Law and Human Rights (LS1521)
  • Legal Method (LS1522)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 30 Credit points from Disciplinary Breadth, Sustained Study or Sixth Century courses.

Second Year

Compulsory Courses

  • Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (LS2025)
  • EU Institutions and Law (LS2026)
  • The Law of Property (LS2031)
  • Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (LS2525)
  • Family Law (LS2526)
  • Introduction to Legal Theory (LS2527)
  • Succession and Trusts (LS2528)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 30 Credit points from Disciplinary Breadth, Sustained Study or Sixth Century courses.

Third Year (Honours)

Compulsory Courses

  • Evidence (LS3025)
  • Commercial and Consumer Contracts (LS3525)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 50 credit points from Honours courses in Law.
  • Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice, including at least 30 credit points from Disciplinary Breadth or Sixth Century courses.

Fourth Year

Compulsory Courses

  • Dissertation in Law (LS4025)

Optional Courses

  • Select a further 100 credit points from Honours courses in Law.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Accredited programmes are those which are recognised by external bodies. Such bodies are often in charge of registration for professionals. Completing an accredited programme may provide exemptions from some professional exams or provide membership of a professional body.

Accreditation with the Law Society of Scotland depends on successful completion of the following courses:

  • Criminal Law (LS1020)
  • Foundations of Private Law (LS1022)
  • Legal System (LS1025)
  • Contract (LS1520)
  • Public Law and Human Rights (LS1521)
  • Legal Method (LS1522)
  • Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (LS2025)
  • EU Institutions and Law (LS2026)
  • The Law of Property (LS2031)
  • Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (LS2525)
  • Family Law (LS2526)
  • Succession & Trusts (LS2528)
  • Evidence (LS3025)
  • Conveyancing (LS3007)
  • Revenue Law (LS3502)

In addition, the following courses are required for accreditation with the Faculty of Advocates: 

  • Private International Law (LS2507)

Law graduates enjoy great employment opportunities. They become - often after further study - trainee solicitors, legal advisers, tax advisers, paralegals and clerks. Many students study law in order to enter a legal profession, but many of our graduates choose an alternative career – in chartered accountancy, media, banking, human resources, financial management, the Civil Service, teaching and the police force.

At the University of Aberdeen, we give you every opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop the professional and personal skills and attributes you will need to build a successful career. The high quality of our degrees combined with our strong focus on employability opens up a wide range of career options, which is demonstrated by our consistently low rate of unemployment (2% below the national average in 2010/11).

Career options with your degree

Many graduate jobs are open to students studying any subject area.

Our graduates have found employment with

  • KPMG
  • British Council
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Aker Subsea Ltd
  • Aberdeen Solicitors Property Centre
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Santander
  • Wright Johnstone and MacKenzie
  • Wink & MacKenzie Solicitors
  • Alan McDougal Solicitors
  • Ernst & Young
  • Edinburgh City Council
  • Raeburn Christie Clark and Wallace
  • Anderson Macarthur Solicitors
  • Drummond Miller Solicitors
  • Anderson Strathern LLP
  • Wood Group PSN
  • Scottish Parliament

More information on career prospects in Law.

General Information

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