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University of Edinburgh

Law and Sociology

UCAS Code: ML13

Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A-A,B,B

Minimum entry requirement: ABB including English Literature or English Language. GCSEs: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4. Note: English Language and English Literature GCSE both at Grade A or 7 are accepted in place of A Level English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

43-34

Award of Diploma with 43 points overall and grades 776 at HL - 34 points overall and grades 655 at HL including English. SL: Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A-A,B,B,B

Minimum entry requirement: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, including English st first attempt. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by the end of S5. National 5: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.

UCAS Tariff

114-165

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

13%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Law

Sociology

Edinburgh Law School has been educating and training some of the world's finest legal minds for more than 300 years. We help our students to graduate with a broad range of skills, highly desired by many leading employers. We are one of the top ten law schools in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017) and you will be taught by staff who are leaders in their field, in a School renowned for its international and interdisciplinary outlook. Studying in Scotland's capital, you will be at the heart of Edinburgh's legal centre, with the highest courts in Scotland a five-minute walk away, and will have access to some of the best academic law materials in Europe in our law library. There is a vibrant law student community, which organises many social, careers and other law-related events. Our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programmes will teach you the general principles of law and how to apply them to specific situations and cases. You will develop analytical skills and legal research skills and learn how to present an argument clearly, accurately and persuasively. There are two facets to the study of law. Firstly, it is an academic discipline, which is studied with a view to furthering modern understanding of its origins, growth and its interaction with related disciplines such as economics, politics, sociology and history. Concepts such as the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, and access to justice for all, are at the heart of legal study. Secondly, law has a practical aspect which is studied with a view to enabling you to become a practising solicitor or advocate. Accurate problem solving and understanding of the structures of our society, which result from the study of law, are highly valued skills. As a law student, you will learn about the formal structures of our society and the role of law in shaping society. This combined honours programme does not include all courses required to proceed to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and thereafter to the legal profession in Scotland.
For students on joint honours programmes who wish to retain the option of practising as a lawyer in Scotland, it may be possible to complete the additional courses required. Where this is an option, it will typically require extra study throughout the programme.
At Edinburgh you will study Scots law. Students interested in practising law in England or Wales may not benefit from studying law in Scotland as there are significant differences between Scots and English law.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£18,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

Edinburgh Law School

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Law
75%
low
Sociology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate
523

Sociology

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
54%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A*
486

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

96%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Elementary cleaning occupations
6%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Social sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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