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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Students studying for the Aberdeen LLB are required to take this course if they wish to use their degree to enter the Scottish legal profession. The course will examine both testate and intestate succession, in the context of the general principles of the law of succession, including legal rights. Furthermore, it will introduce the functions of trusts, the rights of beneficiaries and the powers and duties of trustees. The course is available only to LLB students in Programme year 2 or above and graduates on the 2 year degree.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Roderick Paisley

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • LS1522 Legal Method (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LS2510 Succession and Trusts (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will include study of both testate and intestate succession and general principles of the law of succession, including legal rights. The rights and duties of executors and the necessity of confirmation will be examined. The course will in addition examine the function and establishment of trusts, the right of beneficiaries and the powers and duties of trustees. The nature of the various forms of trusts will be investigated and the manner of their constitution and termination analysed.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 one-hour examination (80%) and one 1,000-word essay (20%) (mark carries forward in the event of an overall fail).

Resit: 1 one-hour examination (80%) with mark from essay (20%) carried forward from first attempt.

Formative Assessment

Students will submit a written answer to a tutorial problem question.


A model answer will be provided and the students? work returned with written comments thereon. Students who fail the final exam have the option to go over their first paper prior to the resit. Feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis in tutorials in the form of tutors? responses to students? contributions in class.

Course Learning Outcomes


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