If you would like to pursue a career as a professional solicitor, the Bachelor of Laws LLB is the main route for entry to the profession.
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, as a provider of the LLB, Bachelor of Laws which, together with other training, is the main route for entry to the legal profession. The main aim is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the legal system and law of Scotland. You will develop your legal knowledge and skills through the study of core areas of private, public, criminal and commercial law.
You also have the option from year two of the programme to take modules in risk management leading to a final degree award of LLB Bachelor of Laws with Risk. The management of risk in legal practice is an increasingly important issue and this LLB with risk pathway will provide you with a range of career pathways in this growth sector.
GCU Law Clinic
LLB students are provided with the opportunity to enhance their professional practice skills through the Glasgow Caledonian University Law Clinic. The GCU Law Clinic enables LLB students to provide advice on civil law matters under the supervision of qualified and practising solicitors. Specialising in housing, employment, contract and sports law, the GCU Law Clinic is open to all LLB students who wish to volunteer.
Previous GCU LLB graduates have secured employment as solicitors in a wide range of law firms, including the largest and best-known firms in Scotland such as Brodies LLP, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, Digby Brown LLP and Thompsons. Others practice as solicitors in local government and in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Some GCU LLB graduates have gone on to practice as Scottish qualified solicitors elsewhere in Europe, working within private firms and within the public sector.
Introduction to Legal Systems & Study; Law of Obligations; Trusts,Succession & Family Law; Public Law; Scots Law: Human Rights, the State &Accountability; Criminal Law
Commercial Law 1; Commercial Law 2; Skills for Legal Employment; Law for the Built & Natural Environment; European Union Law; Option module including risk option
Jurisprudence and Social Theory; The Law of Evidence; and optional modules in LLB or LLB with Risk pathway
Dissertation in Law; and optional modules in LLB Law or LLB with Risk pathway
The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.
"Studying law at GCU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The team are enthusiastically committed to teaching the next generation of lawyers and sparked my passion for this discipline."Ross Murdoch
Solicitor, Financial Conduct Authority and winner of the Robin Cosgrove Global Prize for Ethics in Finance
LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws graduate.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
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Clearing entry requirements
A Level: BBC including English or Law plus GCSE Maths C/4
BTEC/CACHE: DDM in a relevant subject (128 UCAS points) plus English/Law at B and GCSE Maths at C/4
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: AABBB including English plus Nat 5 Maths at C
A level: BBB including English/Law plus GCSE Maths at C/4
ILC Higher: H1, H1, H2, H3, H3, including English at H2 or above plus Maths at H5 or 02
IB Diploma: 28 points must include English and Maths
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject at DDM plus A level English/Law at B plus Maths at C/4
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
English LanguageApplicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.
**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
Glasgow School for Business and Society has been awarded four out of a possible five QS Stars. This high rating from the prestigious QS Stars Business Schools rating system assures the quality of the programme and is an international benchmark of excellence from which our graduates benefit.
The assessments on this programme are designed to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to operate as flexible, independent lifelong learners while developing and embedding innovative and relevant learning and teaching based on sound research and scholarship.
We use a wide variety of assessment techniques across the degree, some of which are specifically designed to enhance the skills our students will need for the workplace. For example, mock courtroom exercises are adopted across a number of modules as is drafting a variety of legal documentation. We also film our students undertaking mock client interviews.
The different learning and teaching methods we use are designed to ensure that the programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. A wide range of methods are used including Mooting and Mediation and Legal Skills,where students performances can be filmed and analysed. We develop the digital literacy of our students; in the Skills for Legal Employment module, students are given the opportunity to engage in collaborative research supported by social bookmarking applications or to explore the use of Twitter to enhance their learning experience.
Our students also have the chance to take part in the Student Law Society Mooting Competition, which takes place in our dedicated moot room. The final of this competition is held in an actual courtroom in Glasgow before a practising judge.
We offer employability sessions within modules and bespoke sessions in conjunction with the Student Law Society. Sessions include: Winning CVs and Applications for Law Students, Obtaining a Traineeship and Impress at Interview for Law Students.