Division of Law

Our Law degree is in the top ten of all 179 UK universities.

Many universities offer a law degree. What’s so special about Abertay?

We’re a small University. We only accept about 80 students a year. This means we know our students.  We care about you, and it’s our job to educate you the best we can.  And we do it well. According to the National Student Survey, out of the 120 UK law schools, we have remained in the top 15 for the quality of the student experience.

The Abertay LLB is very practical.

You will be doing presentations from your first term onwards. You learn public speaking skills early. You’ll be expected to draft legal documents and to think about every word you use. We know there is a lot to learn, and our experienced staff will help you.

Our LLB is accredited with the Law Society of Scotland, and the Faculty of Advocates. You may go on to post-graduate level and become a solicitor in Scotland, or after more exams, become an advocate.  If you choose another field, our law degree gives you skills that are highly prized, whatever your career. We give you the legal expertise you need to make practical use of your degree.

Employers are keen to snap up articulate, literate and well-informed students. That’s exactly what you will be by the time you graduate.

Study with us

Undergraduate Degrees

Postgraduate Taught Degrees

We currently do not offer any postgraduate taught programmes.

If you are interested in studying Law at postgraduate level, we recommend reviewing our Postgraduate Research section as a great alternative way to get a postgraduate qualification.

Postgraduate Research Areas


You will be working in a fantastic environment. Our teaching takes place in a grade two heritage listed building. Opened in 1909, it was originally Dundee Technical College & School of Art and is the oldest part of the University. Students have studied here for over 100 years, inspired to learn by the history and charm of their surroundings.

Our Research

The Law Division has a research profile that looks both at law as an academic discipline, searching for justice, fairness, clarity and consistency across most areas of human activity, and as a means of interacting with the wider economic, political and social world. In particular, it focusses on the reconciliation of technological developments with societal norms.

Law contributes to three of Abertay University’s research themes, namely SocietySecurity and the Environment.

Technology and the Law

The first group looks into developments in technology and the law, as evidenced in two different but connected areas. Technological developments normally require to be patented. The law relating to patents is driven by the state-of-the-art of technology and the willingness or ability of patent registers, not all of which operate to the same standards or legal precepts, to grant patents. In some countries, patents are granted which would not be permitted or accepted in others. Some countries are reluctant to accept patents connected with developments in human reproduction. The law in many countries is lagging behind recent scientific advances of assisted reproduction, throwing up difficulties in terms of succession law (and by extension taxation law), the law relating to incest and the law relating to parental rights and responsibilities.

Labour Law

The second group is researching into labour law. The law relating to employment depends on the tension between employers’ needs and employees’ rights, and is influenced by Human Rights Law and, at least for the time being, by European Law. These are significant areas, and with the prospect of Brexit looming, there may be pressures to deregulate laws to benefit employers, or to have different sets of employment and Human Rights laws within the different countries within the United Kingdom. Post-Brexit, the focus will shift to the changing legal relationship of the UK/Scotland with the EU in this policy area, and the responses of the UK/Scotland to this changing situation. A particular focus will be on trafficking in human beings from a transnational, EU and UK perspective. These are concerns shared not just in the UK but elsewhere in the developed world, and international agreements and co-operation is required to minimise the potential for criminality in this area.

Directors’ Duties within Corporate Law

The final group is looking into directors’ duties within corporate law and corporate insolvency law. Recent financial scandals have been nearly always attributable to rash or self-seeking directorial decision-making. This group works in conjunction with researchers in the Division of Accounting, Finance and Economics, who are investigating poor corporate governance and its economic consequences.

Job Opportunities

For Job Openings, including Research Fellowships, in our School view the job search section on our website.

For PhD Studentships in any of our Subject areas, check out the Funded research projects and Postgraduate Research Funding sections.

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