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Law at Aberdeen gives you a unique experience of breadth, depth, choice and quality, with a broad range of subjects giving you accreditation with the Law Society of Scotland and Society of Advocates. You will also have options to combine your core legal studies with a modern European language, legal system, or other options to add further career benefits. Aberdeen Law School is ranked 5th in the UK of more than 90 law schools.

Law at Aberdeen looks at the historical, social, political and economic forces that influence our legal systems and govern our societies. You will learn to think like a lawyer rather than just 'learn' law.

A major factor in our quality is the calibre and enthusiasm of our staff, testing your mental agility with complex, realistic legal scenarios as you get to grips with criminal, public and private law, legal systems, contracts, human rights and explore family law, the law of property and legal aspects of the EU.

You will have opportunities to hone your developing legal skills in student-led initiatives such as mock legal debating, our highly active Law Society, the students’ journal in which your work may be published and our community law clinic.

You will graduate with great employment opportunities, both in legal professions and also in careers for which the intellectual qualities you have developed will make you highly sought-after by employers, including business, politics, media, finance and banking, government service and the police force.

You will enjoy our special, warm welcome at the University of Aberdeen, benefit from excellent teaching, research with international impact and a truly global experience as part of our friendly and vibrant international community. You will love our beautiful campus, great facilities for learning, sports and leisure and the many opportunities to develop personally as well as professionally, including broader horizons and career advantages from study abroad.

Law at Aberdeen gives you a unique experience of breadth, depth, choice and quality, with a broad range of subjects giving you accreditation with the Law Society of Scotland and Society of Advocates. You will also have options to combine your core legal studies with a modern European language, legal system, or other options to add further career benefits. Aberdeen Law School is ranked 5th in...

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Course Content

Law at Aberdeen offers a wide choice of courses and a flexibility that enables you to study a curriculum in keeping with your personal interests and career intentions. You will develop a deep understanding of the subject by studying topics like Criminal Law, Foundations of Private Law, Legal System, Contract, Property Law, Public International Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Scottish Legal History and American Constitutional Law.

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Criminal Law (LS1020) - 15 Credit Points

Foundations of Private Law (LS1022) - 15 Credit Points

Legal System (LS1025) - 15 Credit Points

Contract (LS1520) - 15 Credit Points

UK Constitutional Law (LS1537) - 15 Credit Points

Delict and Unjustified Enrichment (LS1536) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Eu Institutions and Law (LS2026) - 15 Credit Points

The Law of Property (LS2031) - 15 Credit Points

Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (LS2525) - 15 Credit Points

Family Law (LS2526) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Legal Theory (LS2527) - 7.5 Credit Points

Succession and Trusts (LS2528) - 7.5 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Evidence (LS3025) - 15 Credit Points

Commercial and Consumer Contracts (LS3525)

Optional Courses

Non-honours

  • Select a further 30 credit points from level 3 courses in Law
  • Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice

Honours

  • Select a further 50 credit points from Honours courses in Law
  • Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice
  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation (LS4025) - 25 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 100 credit points from Honours courses in Law.

Law at Aberdeen offers a wide choice of courses and a flexibility that enables you to study a curriculum in keeping with your personal interests and career intentions. You will develop a deep understanding of the subject by studying topics like Criminal Law, Foundations of Private Law, Legal System, Contract, Property Law, Public International Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Scottish...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AAAB or AABBB

Applicants who have achieved AAAB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced may be required. Nat 5 English at C or better is required.

Minimum: BBBB

Applicants who have achieved BBBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers will normally be required. Nat 5 English at C or better is required.

Adjusted: BBBC

Applicants who have achieved BBBC, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers will be required. Nat 5 English at C or better is required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard Offer: ABB

NOTE: English is desirable. GCSE in English or English Language at C or better, or equivalent, is required.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall, including average of 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H at H2 OR AAABB obtained at a single sitting, including average of 5 at HL.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AAAB or AABBB Applicants who have achieved AAAB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced may be required. Nat 5 English at C or better is required. Minimum: BBBB Applicants who have achieved BBBB (or are on...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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