• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Award: LLB (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Combine your existing degree with a law degree. Apply for our two year graduate entry courses in Scots law.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Combining expertise in another subject – history, politics, engineering or music – with a qualifying law degree (LLB) provides graduates with a unique combination of skills that is attractive to many employers including law firms and many other employers in business, politics and government, international relations, journalism, the police and armed forces, international NGOs and charities.

For Scots students, Dundee’s Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (PEAT I) is the next step in becoming a practising lawyer in Scotland is very highly regarded.

 

Top in Scotland

Law is ranked number 1 in Scotland and number 3 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide (2019). We’re also in the UK Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guides, 2019.

About the Law School

Dundee is a small and friendly law school where staff and students know each other.

You will be assigned an adviser of studies who will follow you through your studies offering support and advice on study skills, academic performance, careers options and employment.

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. 

The last man hanged in Scotland

Students from the Mooting Society recently took part in a re-trial of the last man hanged in Dundee.  They reconsidered the information that was available in the nineteenth century and presented the evidence by today’s forensic science standards.

"Such confidence comes from it. Even now, studying for exams is easier, because I know what’s waiting at the end is what I want to do. It was 100% a defining moment for me."

William Bury - the last man hanged in Scotland

Street Law

Some of our LLB students participate in the Law Society of Scotland’s Street Law programme, delivering classes on the law and legal issues to school pupils. If you join the Street Lawyers, you will learn to plan and deliver classes, and make use of your legal knowledge in a practical way. This will boost your presentation skills and confidence, and also encourage school pupils to consider studying law.

Library facilities

The University Library has a large collection of law materials and offers a wide range of electronic resources including access to many important legal databases.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Graduate Entry Accelerated (two-year) Degree

Qualification Grade
Honours degree Minimum of second class (2.2 or higher)
Ordinary degree Appropriate degree with 60% or above in all Level 3 modules.

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall7.0
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

The Accelerated law course has been very intellectually stimulating so far, allowing me to expand my academic skillset and bringing a new challenge every day. It has also helped to make me a more attractive prospect for potential employers, whether that be from a legal or non-legal perspective. On the course itself, having the support and advice from the teaching staff is always a great help, and each area of law is taught in a way which makes everything so interesting that after each class you want to go away and read up more about it yourself.


Lucy Campbell,Law (Scots) - Accelerated

How you'll be taught

You will be taught using a combination of face to face lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Your lecture sizes will never be more than 165 students. Seminars are limited to usually around 25 students and tutorials are limited to around 15.

How will you be assessed?

We assess you by using a range of techniques including essays, reports, presentations / graded moots, class exams and final examinations.

What you will study

The Graduate Entry LLB will provide you with a rounded legal education as well as covering all the mandatory subjects for the law societies.

These include: Foundations of Law, Contract Law, Delict, Criminal Law and Evidence, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights, European Union Law, Property Law, Commercial Law and Family Law.

You can also choose from a variety of options, which may include Roman Law, Careers, Environmental Law, Taxation, Intellectual Property, International Law and International Private Law.

Level 1 modules compulsory

Foundations of Law

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of law and fundamental legal and other transferable skills that you need to undertake degree level legal studies.

Examples of content

  • What law is – an introduction; rules - their structure and nature
  • Law and the state; introduction to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Courts and tribunals – court hierarchies and the relationship between courts and tribunals
  • Formal sources of law – significance of “sources”; nature of precedent, legislation and the minor sources
  • Precedent: ratio decidendi, stare decisis – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Legislation: UK, Scottish, Northern Irish, (other) delegated, and European Community legislation – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Delivery of legal services – structure and function of the legal professions; professional standards, regulation of the legal profession and ethical behaviour alternative means of delivery, dispute resolution and professional ethics
  • Legal Argument and Mooting

Credits

20 credits

Private Law of Scotland 1

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the study of Scots Private Law.

Examples of content

  • structure of Scots private law
  • incurring voluntary obligations
  • enforceable and unenforceable agreements
  • defective agreements
  • terms
  • termination and enforcement
  • unjustified enrichment

Credits

20 credits

Public Law I - Sources of Power

Aims

This module will provide an introduction to the United Kingdom, Scottish and EU dimensions of our constitutional arrangements.

Examples of content

  • Introduction to constitutional law: The concept of a 'constitution'; the 'law' of the constitution; types of constitution; the United Kingdom constitution; sources of constitutional law
  • Fundamental doctrines: The sovereignty of Parliament; responsible government, the separation of powers and the rule of law
  • Parliament: The UK and Scottish Parliaments: composition and functions; the legislative process
  • The Executive: The UK and Scottish governments: composition, organisation and functions; prerogative powers; local government (briefly)
  • EU institutions and sources

Credits

20 credits

Scots Criminal Law & Evidence

Aims

The module's primary aim is to furnish you with a knowledge of the principal crimes and defences encountered in Scottish criminal law and the Scottish law of evidence relating to criminal matters.

Examples of content

  • the appropriate scope of the criminal law
  • offences which threaten or harm bodily integrity
  • offences which threaten or harm interests in property
  • offences which protect the course of justice and public order
  • statutory offences and business crime
  • defences
  • the Law of Evidence

Credits

20 credits

Private Law of Scotland II

Aims

This module will build on basic knowledge and analytical skills developed in PLS I; to foster the ability to think like a lawyer.

Examples of content

General principles of delictual liability including liability for:

  • personal injury, death and damage to property
  • affront, damage to reputation, harassment
  • interferences with property
  • public authority defenders
  • financial harm

Credits

20 credits

Public Law II: Controls on Power

Aims

This module will provide you with an understanding of the political and legal means through which the exercise of governmental power is subject to control and accountability.

Examples of content

  • parliamentary and other scrutiny of the executive
  • the doctrine of ministerial responsibility; methods of calling government to account; criticisms and proposals for reform
  • judicial review; UK and EU dimensions
  • administrative justice; tribunals and other means of redress
  • the protection of human rights; the rights protected under the Human Rights Act; the machinery for their protection (HRA and ECHR)

SCQF credits

20 credits

Level 2 modules compulsory

Commercial Law

Aims

This module is required if you wish to legally qualify in Scotland and an option for students in the English law stream. It introduces you to the key principles of mercantile and commercial law.

Examples of content

General principles of delictual liability including liability for:

  • Agency
  • Sole Trading
  • Partnership
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Insolvency

Credits

20 credits

Scottish Property Law

Aims

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Scottish property and trusts law and the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding.

Examples of content

  • general concepts of property
  • heritable and moveable property
  • registration
  • prescription
  • the law of the tenement
  • title conditions
  • leases
  • heritable securities
  • an outline of conveyancing
  • trusts
  • succession

Credits

20 credits

Public Law III – Rights and Freedoms

Aims

This module aims to achieve an understanding of the rights of natural and legal persons under the Human Rights Act, the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the law of the European Union (EU); and how those rights may be protected through judicial mechanisms.

Examples of content

  • A study of selected human rights covering both the civil and criminal spheres (including freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention and the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal cases): the case law of British courts under the Human Rights Act and of the European Court of Human Rights under the ECHR.
  • The EU and human rights: the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU; the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; the question of EU accession to the ECHR.
  • Freedoms under EU law: free movement of persons and goods.

SCQF credits

20 credits

Law, Society and Human Rights

Aims

The overall aim of the module is to encourage critical thinking about laws and their place in society by examining the social, political, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law, and human rights law in particular, operates in the United Kingdom.

Examples of content

  • the social, political, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law operates in the United Kingdom
  • a range of legal and social theories as a framework for critical reflection on the context and operation of law
  • the values which underpin human rights law at global, regional and domestic levels

SCQF credits

20 credits

Scottish Family Law

Aims

This module with provide you with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of Scottish family law, including succession. In addition to acquiring a knowledge of and ability to apply key statute and case law you will gain an understanding of the purposes behind family law, changes in law and the social context in which it operates.

Examples of content

  • the extent of family law and the concept of a family
  • children’s capacity and rights
  • parents and children
  • parental rights and responsibilities
  • marriage and Civil Partnerships
  • formation of marriage
  • legal effects of marriage
  • breakdown of marriage
  • financial provision on divorce
  • cohabitation
  • succession

SCQF credits

20 credits

What you will study

Not every module will be available in every year, depending on staff availability and student demand.

You may choose to do options subject to the requirements of the qualifying degree.

You may also do an additional Honours year.

 

Law ranks 5th in the Telegraph’s top 12 degree subjects for getting a job behind medicine and dentistry, veterinary science, medical related and education (August 17, 2015).

I am really enjoying the challenge of the Accelerated Scots Law LLB. It stretches me, challenging my preconceptions about the law and it can have so many applications, both in and outside the legal profession. I already have an honours degree so being able to offer an employer an LLB, along with my other skills and experience, will hopefully allow me to create my own niche in a competitive market.

Kenneth McKay

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,000 per year of study
Rest of UK students £7,000 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

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 Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

The normal UCAS deadline does not apply for the accelerated programmes, and we will consider applications received after 15 January.


Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowLaw (Scots) - Accelerated, Graduate Entry LLB (Hons)M104