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School of Law


University of Edinburgh

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School of Law

Edinburgh Law School

From its location at the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh has been providing outstanding educational opportunities for over 400 years.

The Law School

1707 marked the foundation of the Faculty of Law, now known as Edinburgh Law School, which is situated in historic Old College in the heart of Edinburgh, minutes from both the Law Courts and Scotland’s Parliament. Renowned for our international and interdisciplinary outlook, we have been at the heart of legal education and research for more than 300 years.

We are a community of world-leading researchers, legal professionals, and students at all stages of their education. Drawn from over 60 countries, our staff and students come from a diverse range of backgrounds, bringing with them a wealth of different experiences and perspectives that enrich the work we do together.

By studying at Edinburgh Law School, you’ll join a vibrant, active community of world-leading researchers, legal professionals and students at all stages of their education.

Why Edinburgh?


  • The University of Edinburgh is ranked 22nd in the world (QS World University 2024)
  • Edinburgh Law School is ranked 13th in the world for Law (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 by subject: Law)
  • We offer a range of on-campus and online study options
  • Choose from over 15 general, specialist or research masters degrees
  • Edinburgh was named the best city in the world 2022 by Timeout and is ranked 10th best student city in the world, 6th in Europe, and 2nd in the UK, in the QS Best Student Cities 2023
  • Taught by leading academics networked with local and global partners
  • Student-led social life: Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Student Society
School of Law

Old College

The Law School is based in Old College, a space which has been designed with our community in mind, a central hub for our teaching, research activities, study spaces, seminars and more. There has also been extensive development of the Law Library, creating additional room for collections and more study spaces for students.

The building is designed to support collaboration and interaction, with plenty of space to socialise and study, both independently or with others.

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Masters degrees

Our on-campus masters degrees give you exceptional choice from a wide range of fields. From criminal justice to commercial law, intellectual property law to international banking regulation and more, you will find something that fits with your career and academic objectives.

Our online masters degrees give you the opportunity and flexibility to study for an internationally recognised qualification from anywhere in the world. With a range of different durations and fields to choose from, our programmes offer you a way to advance your career and develop your academic knowledge alongside your employment and personal commitments.

Scholarships and funding opportunities

We offer a range of scholarships and funding opportunities. Please visit our website for further details.