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.
Law with English Law
A degree in Law with English Law is taught via a selection of 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.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority in England will introduce new arrangements for training from 1 September 2021 (pending final approval by the Legal Services Board). The new arrangements will involve taking a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which will be a 2-stage process that replaces the existing Qualifying Law Degree, legal practice course and traineeship. The transitional arrangements for qualification as a solicitor through the SQE have recently (8 June 2020) been clarified. Students currently studying on the Law with English Law degree programme will have a choice between taking the existing route or the SQE route to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Those who start in the 2020/21 cohort, and those who enrol in that cohort but defer their start date to the following year, can also choose whether to follow the old or new route. However, all other students, starting from 2021/22 onwards, will need to do the SQE.
A summary of the new qualification route may be found on the SRA website: http://www.sra.org.uk/home/hot-topics/solicitors-qualifying-examination.page
More details on the SRA Board’s decision of 8 June 2020 can also be found here: https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe/sqe-final-design/
The Bar Standards Board also made decisions in 2017 that took a slightly different approach, including a qualifying law degree – please see the BSB website for further information: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/training-qualification.html
The Law School at the University of Aberdeen will continue to monitor any further developments and is currently reviewing the content of its Law with English Law degrees, with the goal that students will be able to sit the first part of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination just after they graduate, or proceed to the next stage of English bar training if they should choose this English path, or pursue a Scottish pathway, and also provide opportunities for students from all over the world.”
New policy for students who will be able to graduate with Law with English Law degrees (in process of being updated)
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.
An LLB may be awarded by part-time study over five years. The programme is available to both graduates and non-degree holders.
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.