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Oct. 13, 2008

Edinburgh offers accelerated LLB for graduates

The LLB degree in law is recognised as the usual pathway into the legal profession in Scotland.  For those students who already hold a degree, it is possible to undertake the Accelerated LLB (Ord) in just two years. This makes it a very attractive conversion course for graduates from all disciplines who wish to pursue a career as a lawyer.

The Edinburgh Accelerated LLB two-year law degree consists of courses in a wide range of subjects, from contract law to criminal law, and property law to public law. These subjects are required either for the award of the LLB (Ord) degree, or by the Law Society of Scotland for entry to the legal profession in Scotland. All of the courses required to practice as a solicitor in Scotland have been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

Teaching on the degree programme is lecture-based, and is also supplemented by tutorials and class work. Assessment typically takes place in December and April/May of each year by way of exam, together with assessed essays and, in at least one course, an assessed mooting exercise.

Over the years, students on the Accelerated LLB have come from a wide range of fields. Students on the programme have degrees in a broad variety of disciplines, including History, English Literature, Economics, Oriental Studies, Zoology, Music, Biology, Archaeology, and Computer Science. Some have spent several years in industry before deciding to convert to law, and have joined us from the banking, IT, retail and travel sectors.

Kate Hart, a second year student whose first degree is in Divinity from the University of Edinburgh praised the LLB programme.

‘My attraction to the degree programme was not only the academic credentials of the University but also the structure of the course itself. Instead of the mandatory three years at North American universities, I am able to complete my law degree within two, allowing me to begin my career in law earlier...This opens up future career options here in Europe or in Canada. I would definitely recommend this degree programme for any North American students looking to study in a fantastic programme at a great university’

As an Edinburgh student, you will benefit from excellent teaching and facilities, located in the University’s historic Old College, not far from law courts and the Scottish Parliament. The Law School has close links with the profession and our roll of Distinguished Alumni testifies to a consistently excellent standard of law teaching.

Content added on October 13, 2008.


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