Common Law

University of Glasgow


Gilmorehill Campus


Common Law degree is designed for you if you plan to practise law in common law jurisdictions such as England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada and India. It is not suitable if you wish to enter the legal profession in Scotland.

Common Law is an exacting intellectual discipline and offers a thorough grounding in the principles of core areas of the law. The degree can be studied to Ordinary level, requiring three years of full-time study, or to Honours level in four years of full-time study.

Year 1:
Initially you will study: Common law system and method; Constitutional law; English criminal law; European law; Law of contract; Law of tort.

Year 2:
In the following year, you will study: Business organisations; Commercial law; Common law tradition; English land law; Equity and trusts; Jurisprudence; Law and government.

There is a range of optional courses to choose from, covering topics such as: Roman law of property and obligations; International private law; Labour law; Forensic medicine; Public international law.

Years 3 and 4:
Admission to Honours (advanced courses) takes place at the end of the second year. If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you can choose from a wide range of individual courses available each year and you will have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area of law. Some options are available outside law.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: Standard entry: 6 Highers at AAAAAA (by end S6 with min AAAAB after S5) including English or Advanced Higher English or a humanities subject.

Widening access entry: 5 Highers at AAABB/ABBBB (by end S6 with min ABB after S5) including English. Advanced Higher English or a humanities subject or Higher Maths at A recommended. Successful completion and grades in the Reach or Top Up Programme necessary.

All applicants to the LLB course will be required to sit the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Full details of the test, including registration, payment, test dates and times can be found at LNAT website

Start Date





LLB Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


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School of Law

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