University Of Aberdeen Law

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University Of Aberdeen Law

The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen dates back to the University’s foundation in 1495. Today, it is one of the largest law schools in Scotland, admitting some two hundred and fifty students each year, as well as over forty international exchange students. The School offers both undergraduate and taught and research postgraduate degrees, as well as the Diploma in Legal Practice and Professional Competence Course.

The history of the School of Law began with the establishment in 1495 of King’s College, Aberdeen, the original university in Aberdeen, by William Elphinstone, then Bishop of Aberdeen and himself a former lawyer. In 1860, King’s merged with Aberdeen’s other university, Marischal College, to form the current University.

The Head of the School of Law is Ms Anne-Michelle Slater.

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 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, governmental bodies and departments, 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, with the broader horizons and career advantages you will gain from study abroad.

Why Study Law at Aberdeen?

  • Ranked 12th in the UK out of 90 law schools in the Complete University guide 2016.
  • 95% student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.
  • Taught by top legal academics, who are shaping national and international policy, for example in regulation and the energy sector.
  • Aberdeen Law Project: law students gaining experience through providing a free legal advice service for the public ranging from help with employment issues, housing, consumer rights and advice for small businesses facing financial difficulties.
  • Community projects including students running employability skills workshops for inmates in prison, and workshops on law for school pupils.
  • Our Law Society which organises a busy and varied programme of social, educational and supportive events, and the European Law Students’ Association – a local branch of a pan-European network.
  • The Aberdeen Student Law Review, a student-led journal, which publishes our students’ work.
  • Strong links with local and national employers, with members working in the legal profession regularly giving career talks to students.
  • An exceptionally high professional employment rate, with our law graduates much in demand, not only in the UK but abroad too.
  • In all LLB programmes, in each year of study you can take optional law courses or other subjects across the University, e.g. in anthropology or forensic medicine.
  • Aberdeen law graduates today occupy roles at the top of Scotland’s legal system.

What You’ll Study

Our Degrees

Single Honours

Major-Minor Honours



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