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Law: Accelerated Graduate LLB

Course Description


The Accelerated Graduate LLB is a two-year degree which is accredited by both the Law Society of Scotland and Faculty of Advocates. Combined with further training, the Accelerated Graduate LLB provides an entry route into the legal profession in Scotland, enabling graduates to practise as Scottish solicitors or advocates.
On completion, graduates wishing to become lawyers can apply for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice course. This is the next stage in the process of qualifying as a solicitor or advocate in Scotland.


Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.

Key information

- Degree type: LLB
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 24 Months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Tikus Little

Course objectives

The main objectives of the Accelerated Graduate LLB course are to:
- Develop fundamental in-depth knowledge and understanding of: the principles, concepts, values, substantive rules and development of the Scottish legal system and core areas of Scots law; the wider context within which the Scottish legal system operates; the main institutions and procedures of the Scottish legal system
- Develop intellectual rigour, independence of mind, critical thought and legal problem-solving and research skills to a highly advanced level, as well as more general transferable intellectual skills which are of value in the practice of Law and a wide range of careers
- Provide the in-depth knowledge, understanding and independent research skills needed to progress to further studies in Law, or in multi-disciplinary areas involving law
- Provide our graduates with self-confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills that will provide added benefit to them as individuals, to the legal profession and to society as a whole

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

The Accelerated Graduate LLB course is a two-year degree, with two semesters in each year. You will take all of the professional modules required by the Law Society of Scotland including, amongst others, modules on sources of law, contract, delict, family law, criminal law and different aspects of business law. You also have the chance to take three Honours level subjects to develop an even deeper understanding of the law in context. We have a wide range of options, including a number of business law related subjects, Intellectual Property Law, Prejudice and Discrimination options, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Competition Law, European Constitutional Law, Family Law Honours options and Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by class tests, essays, student presentations and final examinations which take place at the end of each semester. The coursework assessment methods and format of final examinations vary according to the specific requirements of each module. Every effort is made to develop key transferable skills in the delivery of teaching and the design of assessments.

Career opportunities

We are keen to ensure that our courses are modern and relevant to employers and our professional modules are reviewed by solicitors and advocates to ensure that they are in line with requirements of current practice. We have also set up a Law Advisory Panel comprising employers from a number of businesses, including the legal profession to tell us what employers look for in graduates so that we can best equip you for your chosen career.
The Accelerated LLB is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and by the Faculty of Advocates. In addition, a number of other professional bodies will grant exemptions from some of their exams to LLB graduates, including the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
We invite employers to regular law careers events throughout the duration of the course, including representatives from major law firms, the Government Legal Service of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, the In-House Lawyers Group and voluntary bodies such as CAB to advise our students on career options.
Our LLB graduates go into a wide range of careers. Those who have gone on into Scottish legal practice have gone to firms such as:
- Brodies LLP
- Balfour & Manson LLP
- ACH Shoosmiths
- CMS Cameron Mckenna
- Cowan Douglas
- DWF Biggart Baillie
- Digby Brown LLP
- Katani and Co
and are practising in all areas of law including property, criminal defence, private client, commercial and corporate law.

Graduating with a LLB does not necessarily mean that you have to progress into the legal profession. An LLB is a solid foundation upon which to base a career in a variety of different fields. Currently some of our graduates are working in roles such as:
- PR Account Executive
- Assistant Language Teacher
- Recruitment Consultant
- Tax Adviser
- Business Development Manager
- Financial Compliance Manager

Visit the Law: Accelerated Graduate LLB page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Steven Stewart

From the age of 14 I always had the University of Stirling in my sights. Back then I was a competitive swimmer, so becoming a student at Stirling was a natural next step in my sporting plans. Unfortunately my swimming ambitions would never be realised and when I finally did enter academia, my focus was on attaining a B.A in Business Law.

The passion and knowledge of my lecturers and tutors appealed to the inquisitive side of my nature. However the study of Law challenges much more than your intellect and research skills, it also tests your adaptability to its maximum. The ability to switch from international trade law, to sports law, to environmental law, to financial regulation on a daily basis broadens the scope of your knowledge and gives you an idea of how the law touches on everything that people take for granted in their everyday lives.

During my BA, Stirling became a provider of the LLB course, which is the law degree needed in order to practice as a solicitor in Scotland. After obtaining my B.A I enlisted in the Accelerated LLB Programme, which was an intense two-year version of the full law degree.

Because of the pleasant experience I had during my time at Stirling, I decided to also obtain my Diploma in Legal Practice here and after graduating, I gained a legal traineeship with a law firm in Edinburgh. Due to the current economic climate and its impact upon traineeships, Stirling students are offered numerous opportunities to boost their CVs. I took full advantage of these and am sure the experiences were pivotal when it came to gaining my traineeship

In my time here, I met some inspirational people and also made friends who will be with me for the rest of my life. The University offers a great opportunity for its students to grow as people and provides them with a solid footing for future success in their chosen field of study.

(Student Profile)

Stephanie Pratt

I chose to study my law degree here degree because of Stirling’s friendly and communal atmosphere. The small class sizes within the School of Law mean that you’re seen as an individual, rather than just a student number.

The School staff members are very approachable; always encouraging their students to reach their full potential, whether that be academically or through extra-curricular activities such as the Student Law Society. Furthermore, they have vast knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of legal disciplines.

Over the past five years the University and in particular the School of Law have allowed me to develop both my professional and personal skills to my fullest potential, in both my Law degree and the Diploma in Legal Practice. I have recently commenced a Legal Traineeship in Edinburgh and I hope to qualify as a Scottish solicitor in September 2013.

The campus itself has everything that students need: a sports centre, castle, cinema, shops, doctor’s surgery, dentist, bank and the Student Union. The library, lecture theatres and seminar rooms are only five minutes walk from the Halls of Residence. Furthermore, the University is just a 10 minute bus journey from the centre of Stirling town. So if you are looking for a relaxed and friendly environment in which to further your education, I would recommend the University of Stirling to you.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home/EU £5,950.00; Overseas £11,275.00

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