Our Law School has a strong international reputation for research and our teaching staff offer expertise across a wide range of legal fields. There is a vibrant law student community, which organises many social, careers and other law-related events.
Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programmes will teach you the general principles of law and how to apply them to specific situations and cases. You will develop analytical skills and legal research skills and learn how to present an argument clearly, accurately and persuasively.
There are two facets to the study of law. Firstly, it is an academic discipline, which is studied with a view to furthering modern understanding of its origins and growth, and its interaction with related disciplines including those such as economics, politics, sociology and history. Concepts such as the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, and access to justice for all, are at the heart of legal study.
Secondly, law has a practical aspect which is studied with a view to enabling you to become a practising solicitor or advocate. Accurate problem solving and understanding of the structures of our society, which result from the study of law, are highly valued skills.
As a law student, you will learn about the formal structures of our society and the role of law in shaping society.
Our LLB programmes are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. You will be required to study certain courses to graduate with a fully qualifying degree.
At Edinburgh you will study Scots law. Students interested in practising law in England or Wales may not benefit from studying law in Scotland as there are significant differences between Scots and English law.
International students who wish to undertake the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, with a view to qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland, should be aware of the need to meet the appropriate visa requirements. Currently, the salary threshold for a Scottish law firm to sponsor a tier 2 visa for a trainee/solicitor is £24,700, which is significantly more than a first year trainee’s recommended salary.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Central area campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
|A level||ABB - AAA||Required subjects: A Level: English Literature, English Language or combined English at grade B. Note: English Language and English Literature GCSE both at grade A or 7 are accepted in place of A Level English.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBB - AABB||These grades must be achieved by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one set of exams and by end of S5. Required subjects: Higher: English at grade B, at first attempt.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||43 - 34 points||Award of Diploma with 43 points (grades 776 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL). Required subjects: HL: English at grade 5.|
Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
|A level||ABB||Required subjects: A Level: English Literature, English Language or combined English at grade B. Note: English Language and English Literature GCSE both at grade A or 7 are accepted in place of A Level English.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBB||These grades must be achieved by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one set of exams by end of S5. Required subjects: Higher: English at grade B, at first attempt.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 points||These grades must be achieved by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one set of exams by end of S5. Required subjects: Higher: English at grade B, at first attempt.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.