(Frequently figuratively asked questions)
No, I have not been inundated with questions about the Accelerated Scots Law LLB since I started the course. But I wanted to write some answers to the questions I had when I was applying.
What is an Accelerated LLB?
The accelerated course is a two year law degree for people who already have an undergraduate degree in another subject (graduates). It is similar to the GDL course in England which allows non-law students to transition into a career in law. You can study Scots Law or English and Northern Irish Law. This means it is less rushed than the intense one year GDL course but you don’t have to study to Honours level (or do a dissertation wahoo!).
How many people are on the course?
The biggest unknown element for me was who I was going to be studying with and how many classmates I would have. Numbers will vary from year to year but in my intake there are around 20 of us doing the accelerated course. That leads onto the next question…
Who will be in my classes?
There are no separate lectures or tutorials for accelerated students. In first year you take the same level 1 modules (level 2 for English students) as Honours students and share the same classes. In second year you are studying at the same level with the same group but you also take at least one elective module at Honours level. This means you will be in seminar groups with level 3 and 4 students too.
What is studying law at Dundee like?
The Law School is relatively small, in a good way! Staff are very approachable and you will soon get to know other students. Everyone’s experience will be different but generally you get out what you put in. There are lots of opportunities to get involved; with a Law Society, Mooting Society, and Dundee Student Law Review for starters. Beyond law, the university has heaps of other sports teams, societies, and clubs.
What are the hours like?
Typically, you will study three modules a semester but I am currently taking four (three level 2 modules and honours level tax law). Teaching hours range from about 10-15 per week. Some weeks are less intense if you don’t have tutorials or seminars to prepare for, and some will feel exceptionally busy.
Does the Accelerated LLB qualify me to work as a solicitor or advocate?
Kind of. The LLB is essential to practicing but it is only the first step in the process. To become a solicitor in Scotland, you have to take certain modules required by The Law Society of Scotland. You must then take the Diploma, a one year course that teaches you the basic skills required to work as a trainee solicitor in a firm. This is followed by a two year training contract with an employer. Of course, there are other options after you graduate. Law is a valuable degree that allows you to develop great transferable skills.
Is it really hard?
You have to put in the work and some assignments and topics will make you want to tear your hair out but you can get through it. Turn up to classes, aim to keep up with reading, and pace yourself. Yes, you will still have time for a social life (and a part time job too). If you have ever considered studying law I can 100% recommend going for it.
Let me know if there are any burning questions I have not answered in this post.
P.s. Logistics of the course are subject to change but this has been my experience. If in doubt, talk to admissions!