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University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh, 30 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DL, UK
The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1582. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland, and is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom. The University of Edinburgh is ranked amongst the best in the world. The Times Higher Education Supplement ranks the university 20th in the world, as well as the best university in Scotland and one of the five best in the UK. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, located in the northern part of the United Kingdom. It is a beautiful and historic city. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are over 4,500 listed buildings in the city. The various University departments and residences are located all over the city. Edinburgh is famous for the Edinburgh Festival, a collection of arts and cultural festivals held each year in August. The Festival attracts visitors from all over the world and is considered the largest cultural event in the world.

The Law School

The University of Edinburgh School of Law was founded in 1707 and is located in the historic Old College, the original site of the University. The location is close to the famous George Square and the University's main campus, which is near Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, as well as Scottish law institutions, including Parliament House, home to the High Court of Justiciary, and the Court of Session.

In 2010, the Guardian University Guide ranked Edinburgh Law School as the fourth best law school in the UK, and the Times Education Supplement ranked the School 11th in the UK.

The School runs a free legal advice centre, where students, staff members and solicitors working in Edinburgh offer free legal advice to the local community.

Tuition Fees

2010/2011 fees

Part time/Full time
Home/EU: £5,100
Overseas: £13,000

Distance learning
Home/EU: £13,000
Overseas: £13,000

The School of Law offers the Tercentenary Awards for Excellence, which are up to five awards of £1,000 towards tuition fees to students commencing an on-campus LLM or MSc degree (whether full or part-time) in 2010-11.

The Program

The University of Edinburgh offers several online distance learning programmes in the following subjects: LLM in Information Technology and the Law; LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law; LLM in Intellectual Property Law; LLM in Medical Ethics and the Law.

Otherwise, the duration of the full-time programme is 12 months, beginning in mid-September and ending in late August in the following year.

Assessment for all courses is by essays or by essay and/or written assignments or a written examination. Teaching is conducted by way of seminars, focusing on participation of students and discussion.

Once the taught courses have been completed to the required standard, students write a 10,000 word supervised dissertation on an approved subject of their choice, which must be submitted by late August.

As well as full-year courses, students can choose from a broad range of specialised one-semester courses. You can choose either three full-year courses, six one-semester courses, or a combination of both full-year and one-semester courses.

Note that the School of Law reserves the right to limit numbers attending all LLM and MSc classes to not more than 25, so it is important to select the right courses from the outset.

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic requirement to enter the LLM programme is an Upper Second Class honours degree (or better), or its international equivalent, in Law, Arts or Social Sciences.

The university will consider applications from students who did not study law but have relevant studies and experience. Contact the School of Law for further guidance on this.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proof of proficiency in English. You can do this by providing evidence of your score in the IELTS or TOEFL test. The score must be equal to or greater than the scores detailed on the University's website. Students with a degree from an English speaking University may also provide this as proof of the requisite level of English language skills.

Students may attend the University's Institute for Applied Language Studies (IALS), which runs a course entitled "pre-sessional English for the LLM course". However, successful completion of this course is not accepted in place of the required IELTS or TOEFL test score.