University admission requirements

Universities are open-minded about the subjects pupils study at standard grade and higher level, provided good grades are achieved and they have studied enough academic subjects. Whilst there are no set subjects apart from higher English, some law students do feel that modern studies was a helpful choice at school, though it is not a pre-requisite.

Universities will use grades achieved at higher level to decide whether to offer a place at university. Often the best thing to do is to choose a selection of subjects.

Different universities ask for different grades, and these change every year, but getting into a law degree (LLB) can be competitive. As some universities ask for as much as 'AAAAB' at higher level (with many students applying for the course with 'AAAAA' or more), it is a good idea to study hard during the standard grades with the idea of studying hard at higher level also. If the University of Glasgow is being applied to, students also have to sit a type of 'aptitude' test called the national admissions test for law -

Access to the graduate level LLB (the accelerated LLB) is only available to university graduates.

The entrance requirements vary from university to university and you should check the details on the websites or at university open days to ensure you know what the entrance requirements are at each institution. Further details can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note: only an LLB from one of the ten universities accredited by the Law Society of Scotland forms part of the route to qualification as solicitor. We would recommend you check with your university to ensure the course is an accredited LLB, if you wish to qualify as a solicitor in Scotland in the future. Any other course, such as a BA in law or an LLM will not form part of the route to qualification as a solicitor in Scotland.