The LLB degree is the first stage of training that the vast majority of future solicitors will undertake. In order to become a Scottish solicitor, you must undertake the LLB with an accredited provider. Please note that courses run by other providers are not recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as part of the route to qualifying as a Scottish solicitor.

All students aiming to qualify as a solicitor must ensure that they study specific subjects that are designed to meet certain outcomes mapped by the Law Society of Scotland. These outcomes are evidenced in different subjects at each university, so the 'required subject list' will vary dependent on where you study. Your university will be able to signpost these subjects to you. Generally, you would study these 'core' sujects during the first two years of the LLB (or throughout the accelerated LLB). You must have passed these subjects to apply for an entrance certificate, before you start your traineeship.

It's important that you bear in mind your grades in these subjects at first sitting will be taken into account during your future Diploma application. Find out more about the Diploma application process. 

Can I qualify in England/Wales with a Scots Law LLB?

If you are on the LLB and wish to find out about qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales, we would suggest you contact the SRA about embarking on conversion courses straight after the Scottish LLB and before any further period of training in Scotland has been undertaken. As the SRA is a separate organisation, we cannot offer advice on what a person who has a Scottish LLB must do to qualify in England and Wales.

Bear in mind that some accredited universities offer the combined English and Scots Law LLB, which allows you to study aspects of both legal systems. If you take all of the required subjects, these courses can allow you to keep your options open and choose which jurisdiction you would like to qualify in after graduating from the LLB.

Do you have questions about qualifying?

If you would like advice about any aspect of qualifying as a solicitor (including university courses, traineeships and requalifying from abroad), email us at legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk