Introduction

As technology advances legal practice is increasingly evolving to embrace the advantages of computing science. This degree programme combines two critical educational assets, a qualifying degree in law and the ability to program computers and work with advanced data systems.

This programme is studied on campus.

By studying the LLB Law with Computing Science you will experience an integrated education combining a qualifying law degree with computing science skills.

Legal practice is already being transformed by big data and computer forensics. It is likely that legal practice will be impacted on by developments within artifical intelligence, for example AI supporting law document creation. The advent of computer protocols such as the blockchain are also likley to drive further innovation in legal documentation and transactions. The legal profession is facing the paradigm changes previously seen in engineering ,banking and the media that were driven by advancements in computer science. This degree will enable grdauates to embrace these changes and success in the new world of computationally enhanced legal services.

Law at Aberdeen looks at the historical, social, political and economic forces that influence our legal systems and govern our societies. You will learn to think like a lawyer rather than just 'learn' law.

A major factor in our quality is the calibre and enthusiasm of our staff, testing your mental agility with complex, realistic legal scenarios as you get to grips with criminal, public and private law, legal systems, contracts, human rights and explore family law, the law of property and legal aspects of the EU.

From a computer science perspctive you gain a solid foundation in a subject area which is in high demand, giving you skills in programme languages, data management, different systems, robotics, and problem-solving, operating systems and web application development.

You will graduate with great employment opportunities, both in legal professions and also in careers for which the intellectual and practical qualities you have developed will make you highly sought-after by employers, including business, politics, media, finance and banking, and government services.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
LLB
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
M1G1

What You'll Study

You will develop a deep understanding of the law by studying topics like Criminal Law, Foundations of Private Law, Legal System, Contract, Property Law, Evidence and Legal method. These subjects will prepare you for legal practice in Scotland subject to the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland and Society of Advocates.

With us you will learn a range of key computing skills and components, including, data management, artificial intelligence, computer programming, human-computer interaction, operating systems and web application development, to name a few. You will also gain a great mix of theory and practical skills, possible because of an excellent staff-student ratio.

Year 1

Year 1

In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits across the two disciplines. Unless otherwise stated each course equates to 15 credits.

Prescribed Law courses are as follows:

  • Academic Writing for Law (AW1004)
  • Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)
  • Criminal Law (LS1020)
  • Foundations of Private Law (LS1022)
  • Legal System (LS1025)
  • Contract (LS 1520)
  • Public Law and Human Rights (LS1521)
  • Legal Method (LS1522)

Choose ONE from the following courses:-

  • Computer Programming and Principles (CS1022)
  • Grand Challenges of Computing and Artificial Intelligence (CS102)
  • Computer Architecture (CS1520)
  • Object-oriented Programming (CS1527)

Then chose ONE from the following courses:-

  • Web Application Development (CS1025)
  • Web Technology (CS1522)
Year 2

Year 2

In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits across the two disciplines. Unless otherwise stated each course equates to 15 credits.

Precsribed law 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)

Additionally choose Two from the following computing courses:-

  • Mathematics for Computing Science (CS2013)
  • Data Management (CS2015)
  • Object-oriented Programming (CS1527)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (CS2506)
  • Modern Programming Languages (CS2510)
  • Algorithmic Problem Solving (CS2521)
Year 3

Year 3

120 credits are required annually, unless otherwise stated each course equates to 15 credits.

Prescribed law Courses are as follows:-

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

If following the Law Honours Programme students will also need to take two Honours courses worth 25 credts respectively plus 30 credits from Discipline Breadsth or Sixth Century Courses across Level 3.

Non - Honours Students will need to take the prescribed courses above plus 45 credit points from course of choice, in including a minimum of 15 credits from Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses.

In adddition to the above law courses, students will need to take THREE of the following computing courses:-

  • Operating Systems (CS3026)
  • Knowldege-Based Systems (CS3025)
  • Robotics (CS3017)
  • Languages and Computability (CS3518)
  • Distributed Systems and Security (CS3524)
  • Enterprise Computing and Business (CS3525)
Year 4

Year 4

Senior Honours students take 4 Honours courses worth 25 credits each plus the Dissertation also worth 25 credits resulting in 125 credits for the year.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

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.

Why Study Law with Computing Science?

  • The Law department at Aberdeen is renowned for its excellent academic reputation and was ranked 10th in the UK's Complete University Guide 2018 and Times Good University 2017.
  • 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.
  • Students benefit from the reputation of the  Law School and Computing Science Department, and strong links with industry.

  • Aberdeen law graduates today occupy roles at the top of Scotland's legal system.
  • Courses accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.
  • Small class sizes and a highly personalised learning experience.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

SQA Highers - AAAB or AABBB at a single sitting or 3 SQA Advanced Highers at ABB. (Those seeking to qualify over two sittings of Highers must normally get H at BBBB at first sitting, but those with BBBC and extenuating circumstances are encouraged to apply and will be considered for an adjusted threshold offer).
Higher Maths at B or A Level Maths at B

A Levels - ABB

IB - 34 points overall, including 5, 5, 5 at HL

ILC - 5H at H2 OR AAABB obtained at a single sitting

Further detailed entry requirements for Law degrees.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
International Students £14,600
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year
RUK £9,200
Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The School of Law is ranked 1st for graduate prospects in law by the Times Good university Guide 2017 .
The University places a strong emphasis on applied learning and therefore, our Law graduates enjoy high employability. A Law degree from Aberdeen will help you enter the legal profession as well pursue a wide range of alternative careers. Our previous graduates have gone on to work in chartered accountancy, the media, merchant banking, stockbroking, human resources and financial management, the Civil Service, social work, teaching, the Inspectorate of Taxes and the police force.

The employment record of our computing science graduates is excellent, with the vast majority entering occupations of their choice within three months of graduation. Our graduates have taken up posts in sectors as diverse as banking, pharmaceuticals and computer game development. Recent employers include IBM, Amazon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Hewlett Packard, EDS, CGI, Wipro, Scottish Hydro Electric, Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, British Telecom, QinetiQ and the National Health Service.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

We're No. 1 for Law Graduate Propsects

We're  ranked 1st for law graduate prospects by the Times Good University Guide 2017, based on   the number of graduates securing employment or continuing study within 6 months of graduating.

10th In the UK for Law

The School of Law is ranked 10th in the UK amongst over 90 Law school by both the Complete University Guide 2018 and the Times Good University Guide 2017.

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