Study Law at Scotland’s top modern university. Our Law degree is in the top ten of all 179 UK universities and offers work placements and overseas study opportunities.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Award Title

LLB (Hons)



Why study Law at Abertay?

Keen to develop your evaluation skills and enhance your ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly? Eager to sharpen your reasoning and critical judgement? Ready for a career in a prestigious and rewarding profession? A law degree from Abertay awaits.

Law at Abertay explores the Scottish legal system and the building blocks of Scots law, neatly complemented with subjects from other disciplines. This approach helps you develop a view of the differing contexts in which law operates.

Delivered by staff in the Division of Law in Dundee Business School, this degree:

  • Enables graduates, on successful completion of postgraduate studies and a traineeship, to become Scottish solicitors
  • Is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates
  • Offers extracurricular activities such as the Citizens Advice Bureau Employment Law Clinic

You’ll also use the university’s moot room for debates, client interviews and other exercises where you’ll present legal arguments. Work placement and single-term overseas study opportunities are available in Year 3, with both designed to broaden your knowledge of law and legal systems.

Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline or changed your mind about where you want to apply? Don't panic, we are still taking applications through UCAS for September 2019 study.

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Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a pass in English at National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or National 4 Maths or National 5 Maths/Lifeskills Maths at grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.  National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • ESOL
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office ( who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB Literate subject
A-Level BCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Business (Law)
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Your Journey Starts Here

In addition to developing your legal knowledge, our degree teaches you how to think like a lawyer and aims to get you ready for employment. From your first year to your last, you’ll be making presentations, drafting legal documents and engaging in negotiations.

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined below, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules. 

Key Modules (2018/19)

Legal Systems and Method (LAW100)

Legal Systems covers basic legal methods and basic skills. It includes library skills, legal writing skills and some fundamental legal concepts. The module introduces the nature and sources of law in Scotland to enable them to begin to find, explain and apply basic principles of Scots law. Students learn: the origin and nature of law, basic legal concepts and classifications; the principal features of legal systems in general, and, in particular the Scottish legal system, its institutions and procedures; to find, use and interpret the sources of law; the system of making and amending Law; the system for interpreting and applying Law; legislative and case law interpretation; to communicate and constrict legal argument.

Law of Contract (LAW101)

An introduction to Scots law of contract and unjust enrichment including the legal principles, remedies and reasoning. Module content includes: nature and formation of contract and other voluntary obligations; matters affecting validity of contracts; breach of contract and remedies; principles of unjust enrichment; EU contract law.

Public Law 1 (LAW105)

An introduction to the key doctrines and legal principles of constitutional law in the United Kingdom with particular reference to Scotland. Module content includes: UK constitution; doctrines of the UK constitution; UK parliament and the UK executive; Scotland’s government and the Scottish parliament.

Law of Delict (LAW103)

An introduction to the Scots Law of Delict. Students learn: the extent and limitations of delictual liability; the legal principles governing delictual claims at common law and through breach of a statutory duty; to apply principles of delictual liability in the context of devising solutions to problems; the legal remedies available in the context of delictual obligations; to demonstrate skills of oral and written communication legal reasoning and reflection.

Criminal Law (LAW107)

An examination of the Scots Law principles of criminal responsibility and the elements that must be proved in relation to the commission of particular crimes. Students learn to explain and distinguish between common law and statutory offences in the Scottish jurisdiction. Module content includes: the general principles and procedures underpinning Scots criminal law; the elements in common law and statutory crimes and recognised defences against the person, of dishonesty, against property, public order and morality.

Law of Succession (LAW202)

An examination of the law and practice of succession and trusts in Scotland. Module content includes: intestate succession; testate succession; will substitutes; trusts; trustees; drafting and interpretation of wills; inheritance tax; adults with incapacity.

Business Transactions (LAW206)

This module develops and applies aspects of the law of contract and examines commonly encountered commercial and consumer transactions. Module content includes: sale and supply of goods; rights in security; financial contracts; regulatory framework; consumer law; arbitration and ADR.

Family Law (LAW205)

An introduction to the key legal principles governing family relationships and their breakdown, children and parenthood in Scotland. Module content includes: parent and child; marriage and civil partnership; rights arising out of marriage and civil partnership; family homes and family protection; relationship breakdown.

EU Law (LAW208)

An examination of the constitutional and legal framework of the European Union and its key institutions as well as the law relating to the single market within the EU and the principles of free movement, competition and discrimination law.

Public Law 2 (LAW201)

An introduction to the key doctrines and legal principles of administrative law in the United Kingdom with particular reference to Scotland. Module content includes: administrative law; judicial review; ombudsmen; liability of the crown and public authorities; citizen and the state; human rights and civil liberties.

Legal Philosophy and Human Rights (LAW305)

An examination of the theories and concepts which underpin law, with further detailed consideration of human rights law. Module content includes: fundamental legal concepts; development of the Western legal tradition; legal theories of the 20th century; human rights.

Employment Law (LAW307)

An examination of the law and policy relating to the employment relationship. Module content includes: formation of the contract of employment; administration of employment law; terms of the contract; discrimination in employment; discipline and grievance; transfer of a business; termination of the contract of employment.

Law of Evidence (LAW302)

An examination of the legal rules governing the relevance, admissibility and sufficiency of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings in the courts of law in Scotland. Module content includes: basic concepts; requirements for proof; types of evidence; corroboration; privilege and immunity; competence of witnesses; the hearsay rule and exceptions.

Business Organisations (LAW308)

Provides an understanding of the legal framework within which business organisations operate and examines the principles of Scots commercial and corporate law. Module content includes: agency; the law of partnership; incorporation; company officers and meetings; corporate finance, insolvency.

Law of Property (LAW300)

Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of property law and their application to the creation, transfer and discharge of real rights in Scotland. Module content includes: the nature of property and ownership; real burdens and title conditions; law of the tenement; registration of title; contracts for sale and purchase of heritage.

Law Honours Dissertation (LAW420)

Students undertake a substantial written piece of in-depth legal research (10,000 words). This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate good research skills in law as well as presentation skills, analysis and synthesis of ideas.

How the Course Works


Learning and Assessment 

A blend of exams, class tests, coursework, presentations, mooting, and a range of practical oral and written assessments combine to develop your ability to present sophisticated arguments and complex information.

We recognise that our students have different learning styles and different skills when they start their studies. Our aim is to ensure that we nurture and reinforce understanding of the subjects studied, together with the research and employability skills required in a constantly changing world.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - LLB (Honours) Law

Programme Fees for 2019

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 


Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Thorntons Law Scholarship

A £1,250 award for Year 3 or Year 4 LLB (Hons) students.


You’ll graduate with excellent employment prospects. The transferable skills gained during your degree will make you highly sought-after by employers, with many of our graduates moving into careers in areas such as:

  • The court service
  • The police
  • The civil service
  • Law centres or advice bureaus

Graduates have also found careers in banks, financial services and journalism. Others have chosen careers as legal academics, and some have used their legal knowledge to assist them in setting up their own businesses.

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