Law (including Law with Languages) LLB

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: School of Law

Dundee is the only law school in the UK to offer two fully qualifying law degrees for the legal profession either in Scotland or in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland. We also offer a dual qualifying degree in both Scots and English Law.

Why study Law at Dundee?

Dundee is a truly unique law school. We offer a modern, forward looking approach to learning and a rigorous preparation for the professional world, whether in the legal sphere or elsewhere.

We offer two fully qualifying law degrees for the legal profession either in Scotland or in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland. Dundee is the only law school in the UK to offer this choice.

For students on the Scots stream of the LLB at Dundee, there is also a unique and intellectually demanding option to achieve dual qualification. On graduating with this degree, students have a choice of jurisdictions where they can study for their postgraduate professional qualification, giving our graduates a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Dundee Mooting Society

A moot is a legal debate and the Dundee Mooting Society is one of the most successful in the UK. The Society runs training and internal competitions for students and teams from Dundee compete in most of the major mooting competitions in the UK and internationally.

Law Clinic

The Law School also runs a Law Clinic which provides students with practical experience in dealing with clients and real life problems as well as reinforcing links with the profession. The Law Clinic also offers modules for credit.

Library Facilities

The University Library has a large collection of material for all jurisdictions in the UK, including EC material, as well as considerable holdings of overseas material. The library is also fully adapted for wireless communications, houses an IT suite and offers a wide range of electronic resources including access to many important legal databases.

Professional Accreditation

Dundee has a long history of teaching Scots law and has been teaching both English and Scots law for over fifty years. Dundee is the only law school in the UK to offer fully qualifying law degrees for the legal profession either in Scotland or in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland and a dual qualifying degree in both Scots and English Law.

Overseas Exchange

Law undergraduates can choose to spend a semester or a year at a European university under the Erasmus programme. We have agreements with universities in Belgium, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.

Law students have also won places on the University's exchanges with universities in Hong Kong and Australia.

Law with Languages

The LLB with Languages offers the opportunity to combine the study of either Scots or English Law with French, German or Spanish.

This degree is not simply a conventional law degree with an optional language element but one which incorporates the progressive study of law and language in each year of study. The table below shows your likely choice of paths through the LLB with Languages. Dundee is unique in offering both Scots Law and English Law and you will choose which stream of study you wish to pursue.

Degree Combinations

  • English Law LLB
  • English Law (accelerated) LLB
  • English Law with French LLB
  • English Law with German LLB
  • English Law with Spanish LLB
  • Law (Scots and English Dual Qualifying) LLB
  • Scots Law LLB
  • Scots Law (accelerated) LLB
  • Scots Law with French LLB
  • Scots Law with German LLB
  • Scots Law with Spanish LLB

Related Courses

With an intake of only 140 at Level 1, Dundee Law School staff take a personal and supportive interest in their students. A strong emphasis is placed on staff accessibility and on small group teaching involving all their senior staff.

Our approach is intended to be both innovative and progressive with a changing emphasis as the student advances through the levels of the degree programme:

  • At Levels 1 and 2, teaching consists of a balance between lectures supported by small group teaching in tutorials and independent and group study.
  • At Levels 3 and 4 a greater proportion of coursework is conducted independently and classes take the form of seminar discussion.
  • Half the coursework at Level 4 involves preparation of a dissertation, a substantial work of independent, but supervised and supported research on an elective topic.

Level 1 (120 Credits)

  • Private Law of Scotland I
  • Private Law of Scotland II
  • Scots Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Foundations of Law
  • Public Law I
  • Sources of Power
  • Public Law II
  • Controls of Power

Level 2 (120 Credits)

  • Scottish Property Law
  • Public Law III - Rights & Freedoms
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Law, Society and Human Rights
  • Optional module

Level 3 (120 Credits)

A choice of 4 subjects (4 x 30 credits). Courses on Erasmus exchange equivalent to 120 credits.

Subjects available typically include:

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Consumer Protection
  • Conveyancing Practice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Critical Legal Theory
  • Employment Law
  • English Law of Obligations †
  • English Criminal Law & Process †
  • European Law and Institutions
  • Family, Law and Society
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Private Law
  • Introduction to Legal History
  • Penology
  • Planning Law
  • Public International Law - International Conflict
  • Reparation
  • Roman Law
  • Scots Professional Practice (compulsory for those wanting to qualify in Scotland)

Level 4 (120 Credits)

A choice of 3 subjects (3 x 30 credits) and Dissertation (30 credits)

Subjects available typically include:

  • Company Law
  • Comparative Charity Law
  • English Law of Trusts and Land †
  • Environmental Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Public International Law - Marine Resources
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Nationality and Immigration Law

Key * Compulsory: all other modules can be in another discipline up to 120 credits total (80 in one year)
+ Scots professional subjects
~ English and NI professional subjects
# NI professional subjects
Compulsory for dual qualifying degree

Year 1 Level 2 - 120 credits

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Law (Advanced)
  • English Law of Contract (Advanced)
  • Public Law I (Advanced)

Semester 2

  • English Criminal Law and Evidence (Advanced)
  • English Law of Tort (Advanced)
  • Public Law II (Advanced)

Year 2 - Level 3 (minimum 120 credits)

All modules are worth 30 credits and are compulsory

Semester 1

  • English Law of Equity & Trusts (Advanced)
  • Public Law III - Rights and Freedoms (Advanced)
  • Commercial Law (Level 2 optional module)

Semester 2

  • Justice Law & Human Rights (normally taught in sem 1 as comp for Language students)
  • English Law of Property (DQ)

Year 3 - Level 4

All modules are worth 30 credits. Students should select two modules in semester 1 and one taught module in semester 2 plus the dissertation

Semester 1

  • Private International Law (Advanced)
  • International Law (Advanced)
  • Medicine & The Law (Advanced)
  • Environmental Law (Advanced)
  • International Criminal Law (Advanced)

Semester 2

  • Private Law of Scotland IIII (Advanced)
  • Law Family & Society (Advanced)
  • Intellectual Property Law (Advanced)
  • International Law of Marine Resources (Advanced)
  • Company Law (Advanced)
  • Dissertation

The Accelerated degree is a two-year programme for graduates from other disciplines. Please visit the Dundee Law School website for more information on the modules you study each year.

The form of assessment varies between modules. Presentations may be used to evaluate oral communication of reasoned legal argument and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Moots may be used to assess court room manner and the ability to argue interactively.

Some modules are assessed by essay or drafting exercises while others involve tests on the comprehension and interpretation of legal sources such as Acts of Parliament or case reports. In no module does assessment depend solely on a final exam.

A small number of modules are continuously assessed; in the majority of modules the weighting of assessment is 25% for coursework and 75% for the final assessment.

We have close links with employers and we offer programmes to support and develop the employability of our students. Our excellent reputation throughout the profession and close links to employers help Dundee graduates find employment.

The Law School runs an annual Law Fair which attracts law firms and employers from around the UK and further afield. Law firms also regularly visit the law school on an individual basis for recruitment purposes.

While many students study law in order to qualify to practise, the skills acquired in a law degree are also attractive to many prospective employers and the LLB is an ideal basis for a career in professions such as:

  • the Police
  • Banking
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Civil service

For those that do want to enter the Scottish legal profession, our Diploma in Legal Practice (PEAT 1) has an excellent record of graduate employment across the UK and is taught by practicing solicitors.

Students applying to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast are offered exam preparation for the entrance exam.

A number of graduates go on to undertake postgraduate degrees within the School in areas such as commercial, international, human rights and environmental law.

Dundee graduates have reached the highest levels of success in the profession as senior partners, Queen's Counsel, judges and front bench politicians.

One of our students took up a traineeship (stage) at the Court of Justice of the European Union upon finishing his undergraduate degree.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note there is no advanced entry to the Law degrees based on Advanced Highers, A levels or HND.

Selection notes

  • Applicants who offer SQA Highers taken over two diets of examinations and applicants who offer Advanced Highers to supplement grades achieved in the first diet of examinations are expected to have slightly higher grades.
  • Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and qualifications are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.
  • Law is based on logical thinking therefore applicants are advised to offer a range of literary and logic-based subjects.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2015

4 year Honours - LLB Scots Law/LLB Law (Dual Qualifying)

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher (one sitting) AABB/AB BBB (typical)
SQA Higher (two sittings) AABBB/ABBBBB (typical)
GCE A-Level ABB (excluding General Studies)
ILC Higher ABB BBB
IB Diploma 32 points (including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects English at grade B (SQA Higher, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level), or English or another literary subject at grade B (GCE AS level)
Plus Mathematics or a Science
subject (Standard Grade at grade 2, National 5/Intermediate 2 at grade B, GCSE at grade B, ILC Ordinary at grade B or IB Subsidiary Level at grade 5).
Additionally for Law with Languages: SQA Higher at B or GCE A-Level at B (or equivalent) in the appropriate language
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA HNC in Legal Studies/Legal Services with A in the Graded Unit considered individually
HND in Legal Studies/Legal Services with AA in the Graded Unit considered individually
Scottish Baccalaureate Considered individually
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Considered individually
Welsh Baccalaureate Considered individually
European Baccalaureate Considered individually (for both 4 year and 3 year degrees)
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website. An English language qualification may also be required, please visit our English Language Requirements webpage.
Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and relevant educational history are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These
applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.

3 year Honours - LLB English Law

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher (H - one sitting) AA (advanced higher) + AABB/AB BBB
SQA Higher (H - two sittings) AA (advanced higher) + AA BBB/ABB BBB
GCE A-Level AAB (excluding General Studies)
ILC Higher AAB BBB
IB Diploma 36 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects English at grade B (SQA Higher, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level), or English or another literary subject at grade B (GCE AS level)
Plus Mathematics or a Science
subject (Standard Grade at grade 2, National 5/Intermediate 2 at grade B, GCSE at grade B, ILC Ordinary at grade B or IB Subsidiary Level at grade 5).
Additionally for Law with Languages: SQA Higher at B or GCE A-Level at B (or equivalent) in the appropriate language

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA Considered individually
Scottish Baccalaureate Considered individually
EDEXCEL Considered individually
BTEC Considered individually
Advanced Diploma Considered individually
Welsh Baccalaureate Considered individually
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website. An English language qualification may also be required, please visit our English Language Requirements webpage.
Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and relevant educational history are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These
applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.

Graduate Entry Accelerated (two-year) Degree

Qualification Grade
Honours degree Minimum of second class (2.ii or higher)
Ordinary degree Appropriate degree with 60% or above in all Level 3 modules.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants."
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants."

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

While study at undergraduate level will place demands on the individual over and above those encountered at school, degree studies in law are demanding from the outset. A high level of motivation is therefore an essential attribute of the successful law student. Students should be committed, not necessarily to a career in law, but certainly to undertake and become fully involved in legal study. Vital attributes include: skills in written and oral communication; precision; an inquiring mind and a willingness to engage in critical thought and reasoned analysis. The most suitable applicants are likely to possess a lively imagination and an interest in current affairs. A love of reading is a distinct advantage!

Spend some time on your personal statement. It should explain your interest in the subject and how you possess the skills set out above. Highlight activities which show some commitment and where you have had responsibilities. These may be work experience, a sports team, volunteer work or school and family commitments. Make sure it is well structured and well written.

If you do not obtain your grades on your first attempt of a Higher or A-Level, it is not advisable to re-take that course. We ask for higher marks for subjects taken a second time. Instead take a new Higher or A-Level.

Please apply via UCAS



Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Law (including Law with Languages) LLBM114
English Law LLBM111
English Law (accelerated) LLBM101
English Law with French LLBM1RC
English Law with German LLBM1RF
English Law with Spanish LLBM1RK
Law (Scots and English Dual Qualifying) LLBM190
Scots Law LLBM114
Scots Law (accelerated) LLBM104
Scots Law with French LLBM1R1
Scots Law with German LLBM1R2
Scots Law with Spanish LLBM1R4