University of Dundee School of Law

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Coordinates: 56°27′25″N 2°58′41″W / 56.457°N 2.978°W / 56.457; -2.978

University of Dundee
School of Law
Dundee University Scrymgeour.jpg
The Scrymgeour Building, which houses the School of Law
Established 15th Century
Dean Professor Alan Page[1]
Location Dundee, Scotland, UK
Affiliations University of Dundee

The School of Law at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Scottish and English Law. It is the only institution in the United Kingdom to permit students to qualify into all three UK legal jurisdictions. The School is based in the Scrymgeour Building and the Law Library is based in the libraries building, both on the university's main campus.

According to The Times University Guide 2009, Dundee's School of Law was ranked 9th in the United Kingdom and 2nd in Scotland. In addition, the Complete University Guide 2009, backed by The Independent, ranked the School of Law 8th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland.[2][3] In 2012, The Guardian ranked the Law School 10th in the UK and 1st in Scotland,[4] and the Times Good University Guide 2012 ranked it 7th in the UK and 1st in Scotland.[5]


The lobby of the University of Dundee School of Law

The origins of the School of Law begin with the foundation of the University of St Andrews, around 1413.[6] A group of Augustinian clergy, driven from the University of Paris by the Avignon schism and from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge by the Anglo-Scottish Wars, formed a society of higher learning in St Andrews, which offered courses of lectures in subjects including law. Through several centuries the teaching of law in St Andrews was incorporated into St Mary's College at the University of St Andrews. By the late 1800s, St Andrews was contending with geographic isolation and dwindling numbers of students, whilst a university college was burgeoning in nearby Dundee. Following several aborted attempts at various forms of incorporation and association, in 1890 the college began to establish closer links with the University of St Andrews and it was incorporated into the university in 1897. The campus in Dundee later became known as Queen's College, with the teaching of law transferred to Dundee in the 20th century. In 1967, the independent University of Dundee was created by Royal Charter, incorporating the former Queen's College, including the School of Law. St Andrews became, and remains, the only ancient university not to offer the study of Law. The School of Law was created in its present form following the re-organisation of the University in August 2006, when the Faculty of Law and Accountancy was abolished and the Schools of Law and Accountancy were created in its place, within the College of Arts and Social Sciences. The current Dean of the School of Law is Professor Alan Page.


The law school viewed through the trees at College Green

International Law Society

Dundee International Law Society is a student led society made up of current and former Dundee University students, faculty members as well as scholars and friends from across the wider legal and academic community. The Society represents one of several linkages between the School of Law and the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. Dundee International Law Society organises regular seminars, colloquia, debates, roundtables and presentations on a wide range of international law problems and prospects, and serves as an informal society for analysis of international law questions both great and small. Practitioners, academics and students are invited to attend, to participate and to present papers or lead discussions.


The School of Law has an active mooting society, which organises an internal competition and competes in various Scottish and UK external competitions. The Honorary President of the Mooting Society is Lord Justice Jones. The Mooting Society bases itself at the moot court room located within the School's premises at the Scrymgeour Building. In 2013/14, the Mooting Society entered the Alexander Stone Moot, the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot, the ESU/Essex Court Moot, the NSLS Moot and the OUP/BPP National Moot. Out of these competitions, the Dundee team made it to the semi-final of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot and the final 16 teams in the ESU/Essex Court Moot. Furthermore, three of the Society's undergraduates represented Scotland in the 37th Edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition held at the Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands. The Dundee team participated in the "Roundsian Rescue Dispute" together with another 27 teams from 26 countries across Europe, and were named “Outstanding Team”.

Law Clinic

The University of Dundee Law School has recently established a student-run Law Clinic. The Clinic offers free legal advice and help to residents of Dundee, including both the local and student populations, who cannot afford a solicitor and do not qualify for legal aid. The Law Clinic became operational on 31 January 2011, and currently runs from 9am-5pm every Wednesday and Thursday in the Centre of Dundee (Commercial Street, Dundee. Entry via Boyle's Chambers and ask for the Law Clinic at reception). The Law Clinic offers free legal advice on issues such as landlord and tenant, small claims, benefit disputes and employment. It can also provide services as a "McKenzie friend".[7]

Student Law Review

The School of Law at the University of Dundee publishes a student law review bi-annually. The review offers the first chance for most students to publish their academic writing

Student Law Society

The long running student law society organises social- and careers-events for Dundee law students. Several traditional social events take place each year, including a Gaudie Night where first year students are assigned 'parents' from older years, with whom they must survive the night and who will then act as academic and social mentors. The law society also runs an annual pub quiz which is typical attended by teams of academics from within the School, and hosts an annual law ball at different ornate locations around Scotland. The law society further coordinates the School's sports teams which compete in inter-varisty matches against law schools from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, in sports such as football, basketball and hockey.


Facilities for postgraduate students are located within the Old Technical Institute

The University of Dundee's School of Law has the distinction of being the only law school in the United Kingdom to offer qualifying Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees in both Scottish and English/NI Law. Both LL.B. degrees can also be taken as Law with Languages degrees in French, German and Spanish. In the 2009 Good University Guide's "universities by subject" tables, the School of Law was ranked eighth in the UK and second in Scotland.[8]

At postgraduate level, the School of Law offers a wide range of Master of Laws (LL.M.) courses and is also linked to the University's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, and the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science.


  • LL.B. Scots Law (Honours and Pass)
  • LL.B. English Law (Honours and Pass)
  • LL.B. Scots Law with Languages
  • LL.B. English Law with Languages
  • Two Year LL.B. in Scots Law (Accelerated Course)
  • Two year LL.B. in English Law (Accedlerated Course)


  • Diploma in Legal Practice
  • LLM/PgDip in Commercial Law: Programme Director: Mr Stuart Cross
  • LLM/PgDip in Environmental Law:Programme Director: Ms Andrea Ross
  • LLM/PgDip in International Commercial Law: Programme Director: Professor Peter McEleavy
  • LLM/PgDip in International Law:Programme Director: Ms Elizabeth Kirk
  • LLM/PgDip in International & European Law:Programme Director: Ms Carole Lyons
  • LLM/PgDip in Law and Government:Programme Director: Professor Janet McLean
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Human Rights Law: Programme Director: Dr Patrick Ford
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Criminal Justice: Programme Director: Professor Fiona Raitt
  • Distance Learning LL.M./Diploma/Certificate in Healthcare Law & Ethics

Notable alumni[edit]

Judiciary and politics

Frank Doran MP
Kevin Dunion OBE
George Mackenzie.

Academia and general public service

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