University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh Law School

Edinburgh Law School



From its location at the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh has been providing outstanding educational opportunities for over 400 years. 

The Law School
1707 marked the foundation of the Faculty of Law, now known as Edinburgh Law School, which is situated in historic Old College in the heart of Edinburgh, minutes from both the Law Courts and Scotland’s Parliament. Renowned for our international and interdisciplinary outlook, we have been at the heart of legal education and research for more than 300 years.

By studying at Edinburgh Law School, you’ll join a vibrant, active community of world-leading researchers, legal professionals and students at all stages of their education. 

Edinburgh Law School Refurbishment
In November 2014, Edinburgh Law School launched one of the most ambitious projects ever seen in its 300-year history, the refurbishment of Old College. The design reflects the needs of a modern-day Law School and provides world-class study and research spaces, dedicated social spaces and a spectacular new Law Library.

We are pleased to announce that we have now returned to the newly refurbished Law School in Old College.

The Old College Refurbishment Project has transformed the Law School’s premises at Old College into a 21st century home for the School, celebrating and preserving the heritage and history of Old College.

Find out more about the project and the facilities for the newly refurbished Law School.

Why Edinburgh?

  • Edinburgh Law School is ranked 25th in the world for law (QS World University Rankings by subject 2018: Law)
  • We offer a range of on-campus and online study options.
  • Choose from over 15 general, specialist or research masters degrees.
  • Edinburgh was named the 7th best student city in Europe, and second in the UK, in the QS Best Student Cities 2018

Our wide range of programmes offer you the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of law or gain a broader perspective across a range of subject areas.

Taught LLM Programmes

LLM Programmes by Online Learning

Research LLM Programmes

Entry Requirements
We generally ask for a minimum 2.1 UK honours degree, or international equivalent in law or social sciences. Law, or a heavy component of undergraduate law, is preferred for many of our programmes but there are some programmes that accept students from a wider range of study backgrounds. Please check the entry requirements for the programme you're interested in.  

Scholarships and funding opportunities
We offer a range of scholarships and funding opportunities. Please visit our website for further details.

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Research Centres in the School of Law  
Centre for Law and Society  
- A research centre specialising in legal theory, criminology, and socio-legal studies. 

Centre for Legal History   - The aim of the Centre is to encourage and foster the study of legal history in general, with particular attention being paid to Scots law and to Roman law in the broader civilian context. 

CITSEE   - The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia (CITSEE) is a study of the citizenship regimes of the seven successor states of the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia). 

Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law  - The aim of the Centre is to foster research in Scottish, British and European commercial law and to promote excellence the teaching of commercial law (in particular with respect to our LLM in Commercial Law). 

Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law   – The centre provides a focal-point for research in public law at Edinburgh, addressing current constitutional developments in the United Kingdom, comparative constitutional law, constitutionalism beyond the state, and constitutional theory. 

Edinburgh Centre for Private Law - The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law exists to foster and develop a tradition of private law scholarship at Edinburgh University which goes back to 1722. The Centre holds seminars, symposia and conferences, encourages research and informal discussion, and facilitates publication. 

Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime   - The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime is a major study of adolescent development and offending in Scotland's capital city. 

Europa Institute   - The Institute is the focus of interdisciplinary studies of European issues within the university, bringing together the perspectives of law, economics, and political science. 

Scottish Centre for International Law - The Centre hosts conferences and seminars and promotes research in international law. 

SCRIPT   - AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law - The Centre is a leading centre for interdisciplinary teaching and research in law and technologies in the broadest sense. Particular strengths include intellectual property, information technology and medical law. 

Find out more about our research communities

Postgraduate Office 
School of Law 
The University of Edinburgh 
Old College 
South Bridge 
Edinburgh EH8 9YL 
United Kingdom 

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