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Edinburgh is an excellent place in which to study law. The University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history and for over 300 years the Law School has been training some of the world’s finest legal minds and helping students to graduate as highly skilled, employable and responsible citizens. We are an international and in particular a European law school, rooted in the eclectic, open and inter-disciplinary intellectual traditions of Scots law. As such, the School aims to build a vibrant community of world-leading educators and researchers, and to ensure that its research and teaching has reach and impact, locally as well as globally. To support and sustain a community of world-class scholars, enriched by a programme of academic exchange and international links to other world-leading institutions, such that Edinburgh Law School is the preferred option for those wishing to study in the UK at undergraduate level and Europe at postgraduate level.

Undergraduate Courses
At the University of Edinburgh, there are two main types of undergraduate law degree:
The LLB Honours degree & The LLB Ordinary degree
The Graduate LLB is a two year programme designed to prepare you for entry to training for the Scottish legal profession. It is the ideal foundation for further professional study in law, usually the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (known as Professional Education and Training stage 1, or PEAT 1). In accordance with the stipulations of the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates, we will ensure you get the legal skills and knowledge you need for a future in the Scottish legal profession. LLB – or LLB (Ordinary) – is intended for those who already hold a degree level qualification and wish to obtain an undergraduate qualification in the law. For this reason, it is a very attractive conversion course for graduates from all disciplines and nationalities wishing to pursue a career in the law.

LLM Programmes
Edinburgh Law School’s LLM programmes offer you the chance to achieve an internationally recognised and respected postgraduate degree in Law.

We offer a fantastic range of masters programmes allowing you to study for an advanced qualification in a field of your interest.

We offer expert supervisors for an exceptional range of subject areas for PhD study.

As a doctorate student you’ll join a community of around 100 PhD students and will be a vital part of the intellectual life of the School.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Edinburgh Law School was ranked 4th in the UK for the breadth and quality of our research and 1st in the UK for producing the highest volume of 4* rated research impact (Research Fortnight Power Rankings 2014), so you can be confident that you will be joining a dynamic centre of research excellence when you begin your research career with us.

The Law Library is situated on the ground floor, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. There is level access to the main entrance on the ground floor from George Square. Persons with mobility difficulties arriving by vehicle can access the David Hume Tower via Buccleuch Place from Buccleuch Street – turn right into Windmill Lane to the car park. Level access is available from the car park to the lower ground floor of the tower and from there users can take the lift to the ground floor where the library is situated.  At present due to fire evacuation procedures there is no access for wheelchair users or those unable to evacuate using stairs in an emergency above the ground floor. We will ensure users have access to the same services by making adjustments such as having books moved elsewhere etc. Mind mapping software and TextHelp Read and Write (converts text to Speech) is available on all computers. There is a computer for priority use by disabled students on a manual height adjustable desk on the first floor with a scanner, CCTV, ergonomic mouse, ergonomic keyboard and wrist support mouse mat. Software available on this machine includes ABBYY FineReader 11, Photoshop CS6 and Zoomtext 10, there is a USB stick loaded with various assistive software that can be borrowed. There is one general use group study room. Priority would be given to disabled students needing quiet/individual study space in this room. There is 1 adjustable height desk which is located on the first floor on the right hand side beyond the printing area. There is a standing height desk on the first floor near to the exit to the main stairs and lift.

Please note that the Law Library has moved to the lower floors of the David Hume Tower. It is expected that the Law Library will return to refurbished space in Old College during the 2018 summer vacation.

The University of Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies
Edinburgh Law School
9 B Holyrood Road
Edinburgh, EH8 8FQ, UK
Phone: 0131 651 4254, 0131 650 2004, 0131 650 9477

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