LLB Dual Qualifying Option
The School has an increasing number of students opting for an LL.B degree containing all the subjects required by the Law Society of Scotland, the Solicitors Regulation Authority for England and Wales, and the Bar Vocational Council for England and Wales. This gives students dual qualification in Scots law and English law.
On graduating with this degree, students have a choice of jurisdictions where they can study for their postgraduate professional qualification prior to entering the practitioner training stage. Dundee Law School graduates with the dual qualifying degree can also become fully qualified more quickly as a solicitor in any of the jurisdictions of the UK.
In the modern world, in-depth knowledge of more than one jurisdiction gives Dundee dual qualifying graduates a significant competitive advantage in the market-place, as well as maximising the flexibility of their law degree throughout their careers.
The bespoke dual qualifying degree is designed for students enrolled on the Scots LLB whose curriculum is extended to incorporate all the subjects required for professional qualification by the English regulatory bodies. Students take these additional subjects in the final two years of an honours degree, thus offering a genuinely comparative approach to the study of law. As it is a demanding degree, admission to the dual qualifying degree is carefully assessed to ensure those enrolled have an appropriate academic record of performance.
English LLB stream students are also able to select Scots modules within their curriculum but, due to the heavier demands of the Law Society of Scotland syllabus, usually need an extra year after graduation to complete the Scots subjects. In addition, English LLB stream students take modules in Evidence and Mercantile, required for practice in Northern Ireland, providing graduates with an additional choice of jurisdiction.
If you are qualified to practise law in more than one jurisdiction not only does that make you more mobile - able to move country to practise in your location of choice - but it makes you more attractive to employers as they gain in-house expertise across at least two legal systems. In a global environment where governments and commercial organisations conduct business within multiple jurisdictions simultaneously, the need for practitioners whose knowledge is not confined to one jurisdiction has never been greater.
Professional Practitioner Qualification in the UK
Graduates with a Dual Qualifying degree have a choice as to which jurisdiction they choose to pursue their professional training. Those who wish to practise in Scotland proceed to the Diploma in Legal Practice course; those who wish to practise in England and Wales proceed to the Legal Practice course and those who wish to practise in Northern Ireland proceed to the Professional Legal Studies course.
All thereafter enter a two year traineeship with a law firm before full qualification as a solicitor. For graduates who wish to practise as an advocate or barrister the routes are slightly different.
For a graduate with a Dual Qualifying degree, once professional qualification has been secured in one jurisdiction, it is possible to seek entry to the profession in the other jurisdiction. There is no need to sit the examinations normally required by the professional bodies as the graduate already has passes in all the relevant professional subjects.
LLB Dual Qualifying Admissions
Students enrolling on the Scots LL.B stream can indicate a preference for the Dual Qualifying LL.B. However, admission to the programme is dependent upon a strong performance in the first two years of study. The knowledge and skills taught during years 1 and 2 lay the foundation for further comparative study of the equivalent private law modules in English law. It is therefore essential that students achieve a satisfactory level of performance in year 1 and 2 examinations in order to be permitted to complete the syllabus of the Dual Qualifying degree.
Dual Qualification Degree Structure
The curriculum at Dundee Law School has been carefully designed to enable Scots stream students taking the qualifying LL.B to use their elective options during the final two degree years to study the additional subjects required for entry to professional training in England and Wales.
During years 1 and 2, students enrolled on any of the LL.B programmes together study a number of subject areas that are required by anyone intending to practise law in any of the UK jurisdictions. These subject areas include Public Law, Human Rights and EU law, all of which are taught from a UK wide perspective.
In addition, those enrolled on the Scots LL.B stream and English LL.B streams take modules in private law subjects specific to their jurisdiction. For Scots stream students the modules in Contract, Delict, Criminal Law, and Property provide a grounding in the principles of private law and supply the context for comparative study of English private law for those admitted to the Dual Qualifying degree. The Dual Qualifying degree requires students to study Obligations and Criminal Law during level 3, and Property, Equity & Trusts at level 4.