How much does it cost to qualify?

We advise that you also check with the university you are applying to for comprehensive information in relation to fees and any available financial support.

LLB fees

Scottish student studying in Scotland - Eligible Scottish domiciled students studying full-time in Scotland are not required to pay tuition fees if studying for a first degree or equivalent. Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for information on this and what you are required to do to secure the necessary contribution by SAAS.

English and Northern Irish student studying in Scotland - Each institution is responsible for setting its own rate; you should contact the institution to establish the cost of the course you wish to attend. You will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover these costs. Find out more from student finance England or student finance Northern Ireland.

Welsh student studying in Scotland - Please ensure you research funding options available on the student finance Wales website.

EU student studying in Scotland - Eligible EU students are not required to pay tuition fees whilst studying in Scotland. They are not however eligible to apply for maintenance support.

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice fees

The fees for the Diploma are set by the universities and are reviewed each year. The costs for the 2017/18 session are set out below:

Diploma provider

 Full-time fees and materials

University of Aberdeen

 £7,400 including cost of 4 textbooks. Discounts offered on additional recommended textbooks.

University of Dundee

 £6,900 + cost of materials TBC

University of Edinburgh

 £7,650, inclusive of cost of materials

The University of Glasgow

 £7,700, inclusive of cost of materials

Robert Gordon University

 £6,630 + a maximum of £380 for textbooks

The University of Strathclyde

 £7,200 + £280 for textbooks 

Further information is available on our website for various grants and trusts that exist for the study of law.

Living costs

Living costs will vary depending on location, living arrangements and particular circumstances. Visit the SAAS website to find about financial support available for living costs.

The traineeship (salary information)

The traineeship is the paid period of the route to qualification and there are no fees attached. Some trainees may be asked to contribute towards, or meet the full costs of trainee continuing professional development but we would strongly encourage all firms and organisations to meet those costs.

The Law Society sets a recommended rate for trainee salaries which the majority of employers match. A traineeship offered at below the minimum wage will not be registered by the Law Society of Scotland. Firms and organisations unable to pay a trainee at the national minimum wage should consider alternative flexible options such as sharing a trainee with another organisation, or employing a trainee on a part-time basis.