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 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.
After long running consultations, in April 2017 Solicitors Regulation Authority in England announced its decisions regarding new arrangements for training. Through this, there will be a Solicitors Qualifying Examination. This will be a 2 stage process which will replace the Qualifying Law Degree and the traineeship. Importantly, the SQE will be introduced NOT BEFORE September 2021 and it is likely that those who then have already started within the present process will have a choice as to whether the follow the old or new route. The details on timing of introduction and transitional arrangements are still to be finalized and there will be further consultations. More details will be made available here as matters are finalized. For more detail, click here and the link to the “Summary of responses and our decision on next steps” (see in particular page 6, 13 on timing).
The Bar Standards Board also made decisions in March 2017, taking a slightly different approach, including a qualifying law degree – see here.
The Law School at the University of Aberdeen will be monitoring this and reviewing the content of its Law with English Law degrees with the goal that students would 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.
UPDATE: The Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently consulting on the transitional arrangements for qualification as a solicitor in light of the introduction of the new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE). Students currently studying (enrolled in or prior to 2017) on the Law with English Law Qualifying Law Degree program are expected to have a choice between taking the existing or the new route to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Please note that the proposal is being considered by the Legal Services Board which on 27 March 2018 approved the application of the SRA to introduce the SQE. Further approval if to be sought in 2019. The LSB statement may be found here: http://www.legalservicesboard.org.uk/news_publications/LSB_news/PDF/2018/20180327LSB_Approves_SRA_SQE_Application.html
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 For further SRA resources please see: http://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/training-for-tomorrow.page
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. Further information can be found on the Student Recruitment and Admission Service website.
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.