The Law School
The Law School provides a range of accredited and professionally recognised law degrees, driven by a dynamic and international team who bring together a blend of practical and academic experience.
We offer on-campus, online or blended learning (on-campus and online) study, and many of our courses are flexible and offer a full-time or part-time option. In addition, some of our undergraduate courses offer a study abroad option in Europe and the US.
Our law courses are continuously developed through interaction with our industry contacts who keep us apprised of the latest professional trends, ensuring you are ready for today’s professional world.
Practical skills developed in advocacy, letter writing and contract drafting are complemented by more general business modules to provide a broad range of study.
We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible learning experience. Our class sizes allow our staff to provide more individual and intensive support and we offer a high degree of flexibility throughout our courses allowing you to tailor your degree to specialise in the areas you develop an interest in.
As well as offering LLB, online LLB and LLM, we provide a number of specialist law degrees in the following areas:
- Construction Law and Arbitration
- Employment Law
- Oil and Gas Law
- International Law
- International Commercial Law
- Dispute Resolution.
You can also undertake your Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with us which will enable you to train further to practice as a solicitor in Scotland.
The Law Clinic is an initiative made up of a group of students, academic staff and qualified solicitors with the aim to provide free, confidential and independent legal advice to citizens of Aberdeen who would otherwise be unable to afford a solicitor. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience, meet industry professionals and help benefit the local community.
"At the Law Clinic I have experienced first-hand how to communicate with clients, manage and prepare for meetings and obtain key information. I have built up a great bank of other skills including; legal research, formal letter writing, working with others, formal communication skills and the knowledge of different areas of law, depending on what cases I work on. I love being a part of the Law Clinic and would recommend any prospective RGU Law student to join!" - Charlotte Torrance| LLB (Hons) Law
Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to join the university’s Mooting Society and every year RGU and the University of Aberdeen go head-to-head as part of an annual Granite City Moot, of which RGU has won for the last three years.
On completion of your law degree at RGU, you can be confident you hold an award that is recognised nationally and internationally.
The Law School is based within the Aberdeen Business School building, which offers a number of excellent student facilities including independent study stations, group study pods and rooms and excellent IT services.
Specific to Law, we bring the legal world alive using our dedicated Moot Court, which is set up as a TV studio and fitted with courtroom furniture and recording equipment.
Our courses are designed in response to the needs of industry, and therefore we have developed close links with local and international companies.
We offer placement opportunities on our BA (Hons) Law and Management course only. Placements are an excellent opportunity for you to gain real world experience, apply the knowledge and skills you have developed in the course and for employers to see what you have to offer. It is a great opportunity to increase your employability for when you graduate.
Affiliations and Industry Links
We are proud to be associated with the following leading organisations, institutions and professional bodies:
The Law School is active in a number of applied research projects and provides doctoral research opportunities and expertise in a wide range of law subject areas.
Our research has been determined to be either at the level of 'International Excellence' or internationally recognised in over half of its output, in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The department has also been awarded substantial research grants from the Scottish Executive, the Nuffield Foundation and The European Social Fund, and organisations such as the British Academy.
We are particularly interested in applications in the following topic areas;
- Managing concurrent criminal jurisdiction. A critical analysis of the attempts to address concurrent criminal jurisdiction internationally – with Paul Arnell
- The right to personal autonomy and freedom of decision-making for incompetent patients: is there a need to provide a legislative framework for advance decision-making? – with Dr Sarah Christie
- Medical Law – the legal regulation of assisted suicide – with Dr Sarah Christie
We are also interested in applications in the broad areas of:
- Criminal Law – corporate offending and the adequacy of sanctions
- Employment Law – the impact of tribunal fees on access to tribunals in Scotland
- Private International Law – the regulation of contractual disputes and choice of applicable law
- Criminal Law
- International Criminal Law – Management concurrent jurisdiction in international criminal law
- Energy Law
- Property Law
Current PhDs in the Law School include;
- Legal regulation in the sphere of foreign investments in the Republic of Kazakhstan
- ADR systems and access to justice in developing countries
- Harnessing the regulatory framework for optimising environmental compliance in the hydrocarbon sector in Nigeria
- The rise and fall of the right to a fair trial
- Prosecuting information infrastructure criminals: Beyond borders
- Building a legal regime for counteracting climate change: A comparative analysis of Scottish and Nigerian response
Our staff have a breadth of experience in teaching and professional practice. Academics also have research expertise in their subject area.