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:
Our research has been determined to be either at the level of international excellence or internationally recognised, in terms of its originality, significance and rigour.
The School has also been awarded research grants from, among others, the Scottish Executive, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Association of Social Workers, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, the European Social Fund, and the British Academy. We have also organised and run a number of conferences.
Research degree proposals
Please note, successful proposals on specific research topics within the broad areas listed are dependent on available supervisory capacity. For further details on the research topics visit:
We are particularly interested in receiving research degree proposals in the following broad areas (staff names are indicative only):
- Construction Law – Dr Joseph Mante, David Christie
- Contract Law – Dr Joseph Mante
- Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure – Val Bremner, Dr Sarah Christie, Laura Sharp
- Criminology – Val Bremner, Dr Femi Ilesanmi
- Dispute Resolution and Avoidance – Dr Joseph Mante
- Energy Law and Policy – John Karlberg, Dr Leon Moller
- Environmental Law – John Karlberg, Caroline Nixon
- European Union Law and European Human Rights – Carole Lyons
- Legal Theory, Philosophy and Jurisprudence – Dr Hamish Ross
- Maritime Law / Law of the Sea – Dr Leon Moller
- Medical Law and Ethics – Dr Sarah Christie
- Property Law – Dr Craig Anderson
- Private International Law – Dr David Hill
- Professional regulation and access to justice – Margaret Downie, Val Bremner
We are also interested in the following broader legal research opportunities:
- Employment Law
- Arbitration Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Trade Law
Current PhDs in the Law School include:
- The Jurisprudence of the Courts in Spousal Abuse Cases in Nigeria and England; A Review in Criminology
- Building Social Licensing into Scottish Fracking Regulation
- The right to autonomy in common law jurisdiction
- Government, host communities, and oil companies: effective partnership strategies for environmental sustainability in oil producing areas
- Using the medical treatment contract as an instrument for replacing the tort liability system in England
- Arbitral autonomy and judicial intervention in Nigeria, the UK and the US: a jurisprudential study of justice delivery in commercial disputes
- Offshore Decommissioning: Constructing a Legal Regime and Sustainable Investment Framework in Emerging Economies (with specific focus on the Co-operative Republic of Guyana)
Our staff have a breadth of experience in teaching and professional practice. Academics also have research expertise in their subject area.