Law has been taught at the University since its founding in 1495. The School of Law offers an extensive range of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study. The School of Law feels proud on delivering high quality, engaging and academically challenging programmes. The learning environment is one of support and personal development leading to well rounded and highly employable graduates. The School of Law offers a wide variety of LL.B. degrees, plus an accelerated degree for graduates. A varied Graduate programme is offered including taught Masters degrees, research degrees and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. In the Times Good University Guide 2015 , the Law School is ranked 12th in the UK out of more than 90 law schools and in the top 5 for graduate prospects.
The LL.B. requires three years to complete, during which students must give a satisfactory performance in a broad selection of law subjects. The LL.B. 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.
LL.B. with Honours
In the latter part of the second year of the LL.B., students decide whether they wish to apply for the four-year degree of LL.B. 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 School of Law is now offering a degree of Law with English Law.
LL.M. Degree with Dissertation
Participants in the LL.M. often have significant experience in a range of areas and the great variety in the background of students makes an enormous contribution to the programmes. Students are required to complete a course on Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship, a 10,000 word dissertation (60 credits), and four optional content modules (30 credits each) from within the degree specialism. In some cases, upto 30 credits may be accumulated from approved courses out of the specialism.
LL.M. Degree with Professional Skills
The taught Master of Laws Degree with professional skills can be completed in one year, beginning in September only. Participants accepted for this LL.M. often have significant experience in a range of areas and the great variety in the background of students makes an enormous contribution to the programmes. The first session runs from mid September until mid December and is followed by a revision period and examination in late December. The second session begins mid January, and examinations are at the end of May. During the summer, students attend an intensive two-week summer school aimed at developing essential professional skills, undertake a simulated professional exercise and are required to submit an extended piece of writing. Students are required to complete a course on Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (15 credits), the professional skills module (45 credits) and four optional content modules (30 credits each) from within the degree specialism.
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