University of Glasgow School of Law
|Established||1712 (Chair of Law)|
|Head||Professor Mark Furse|
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The School of Law at the University of Glasgow provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Law, and awards the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (Legum Baccalaureus, LL.B.), Master of Laws (Iuris Vtriusque Magistrum, LL.M.), LLM by Research, Master of Research (M.Res.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Philosophiæ Doctor, Ph.D.), the degree of Doctor of Laws being awarded generally only as an honorary degree.
At the University's foundation in 1451, there were four original faculties: Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine. Both Canon and Civil Law were taught, however by the sixteenth Century, instruction in both of these had fallen out of practice. It was during this time that James Dalrymple of Stair came to Glasgow to study for an M.A. (1633-1637) and then became a regent (1641-1647) teaching philosophy. He went on to become Lord President of the Court of Session in 1671, and published his Institutions of the Law of Scotland in 1681, the first systematic exposition of Scots Law. The Stair Building, where the School of Law is housed, is named in his honour.
In 1713, Queen Anne endowed the Regius Chair of Law at the University. The first occupant of the Chair (from 1714) was William Forbes, and subsequent notable Professors have included John Millar, William Gloag, David Walker and Joe Thomson. This revived the teaching of Law at Glasgow, and subsequent Chairs included the Chair of Conveyancing, established in 1861 by the Faculty of Procurators; the Douglas Chair of Civil Law in 1948; the Chair in Jurisprudence (1952); in Public Law (1965); and the John Millar Chair of Law in 1985, named for the previously mentioned Regius Professor of Law.
In 1984, the Faculty of Law became the Faculty of Law and Financial Studies, and in 1992, the individual legal departments were grouped together into the School. In 2005, the Faculty merged with the Faculty of Social Sciences, becoming the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences. On 1 August 2010 the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Science was combined with the Faculty of Education and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dumfries into a new College of Social Sciences.
The School of Law is housed in the Stair Building (named for Viscount Stair), a row of internally connected terraced houses on The Square opposite the University Chapel. The School is associated with traditional Scots law teaching and with internationally recognised research across a wide range of subjects including Corporate Law and Financial Regulation, Intellectual Property Law, and Law and Security.
CREATe is the RCUK research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. With an ambitious programme of 40 projects delivered by an interdisciplinary team of academics (law, cultural economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies), the centre is a pioneering academic initiative designed to help the UK cultural and creative industries thrive and become innovation leaders within the global digital economy. CREATe will examine the business, regulatory and cultural infrastructure of the cultural and creative industries by exploring cutting-edge questions around digitisation, copyright, and innovation in the arts and technology. The University of Glasgow, leads a consortium of 7 Universities which also comprises the University of East Anglia, the University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths (University of London), University of Nottingham, University of St Andrews and the University of Strathclyde. CREATe is supported by £5m of funding over four years (2012-2016) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The following Chairs of the University have provinces within the School of Law:
- Regius Chair of Law: James Chalmers
- Professor of Conveyancing: Robert Rennie
- Douglas Professor of Civil Law: Ernest Metzger
- Professor of Jurisprudence: Vacant
- Jean Monnet Professor of European Law: Noreen Burrows
- Alexander Stone Professor of Commercial Law: Iain MacNeil
- John Millar Professor of Law: Adam Tomkins
- International Bar Association Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine: Sheila McLean
- Professor of Banking Law: Lorne Crerar
- Chair of International Law: Christian Tams
- Professor of Competition Law and Policy: Mark Furse
The School of Law offers the following undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.
- LL.B. Law (Ordinary and Honours)
- LL.B. Law (two-year accelerated Ordinary for graduates)
- LL.B. Law with Languages (Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish or Spanish)
- LL.B. Law with European Legal Studies (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
- LL.B. Law with Joint Honours (can be studied with Business Economics, Business Management, Economic and Social History, Economics, English Literature, Gaelic Language, Geography, History, Philosophy, Politics or Slavonic Studies)
Applicants for all undergraduate courses, except the two-year accelerated LL.B., are required to sit the Law National Admissions Test.
- LL.M. in Contemporary Law and Practice
- LL.M. in Corporate and Financial Law
- LL.M. in International Commercial Law
- LL.M. in International Competition and Law Policy
- LL.M. in International Law
- LL.M. in International Law and Security
- LL.M. in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy
- M.Res in Law
- M.Res in Socio-Legal
The School of Law,in addition to the Masters courses above, also offers the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
The School of Law awards the degrees of LL.M. by Research and Ph.D. and offers research supervision in most areas of Law.
The School of Law has fostered links with universities all around the world to provide exchange and study abroad programmes. Students has 37 European and international partnerships across Europe and including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the USA. Approximately 65% of the third year student cohort study abroad. In addition to being a necessary part of the Law with Languages programme it is open to all honours students in the School of Law. The School's International Officer is Professor Jim Murdoch.
Students in the School of Law elect Class Representatives from each of their classes to represent them at meetings of committees within the School of Law. The School comes within the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences constituency on the Students' Representative Council.
Vice Presidents (Social and Academic)
|Aslak Ringhus and Sanah Idrees|
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The Glasgow University Law Society organises social activities for students at the School of Law, including the annual Law Ball, held every February. The event is of a comparable size to the GUSA Ball, and because of the number of students attending it is necessary to hold the event in city centre hotels as there is no hall in the University large enough to accommodate it. The Society co-ordinate various different events, focusing around being either social, academic or charity, headed by their respective Convenor.
The Society is student-run by a committee elected in the Spring, comprising President (Alistair Cooper), Vice-President Social (Aslak Ringhus) and Academic (Sanah Idrees), Secretary (Megan Smith), Treasurer (Ross McLelland), Media Convenor (Iain Brown), Charities & Community Convenor (Maisie Peebles), Sports Convenor (Cam McCall), a Diploma Representative, a 4th Year Representative (Anna Falconer), a 3rd Year Representative (Alasdair McCrone), two 2nd Year Representatives (Grainne Duffy and Ashley Neilson) and three 1st Year Representatives elected in the Autumn. Membership is open to all students of the School of Law, and the Society is affiliated to the SRC.
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The School of Law has a student-run Mooting Society, which runs an internal competition, The Dean's Cup, as well as organising the Alexander Stone National Legal Debate. All Scottish universities offering the LL.B. are entitled to enter this, although the competition is generally between Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde universities. The final is held in February or March each year in the Alexander Stone Court Room on the ground floor of the Stair Building. University of Strathclyde currently holds the trophy.
The Sheriff's Cup, organised by Glasgow Sheriff Court, is an inter-varsity event held between Glasgow and Strathclyde and judged by a Senator of the College of Justice. The moot is held annually in May or June and takes place in one of the larger court rooms at Glasgow Sheriff Court. University of Strathclyde is the reigning champion.
The Society is supported by Mr John Macleod, and the current President of the Mooting Society is Christopher Rae.
Notable Alumni and Staff
There have been many distinguished alumni of the School of Law, some of whom are listed below. These include the first woman appointed to the Scottish Bench, five current judges of the Court of Session (including the present Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Gill), two Law Lords, six Lord Presidents, twelve Lord Advocates, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and a Lord Chancellor, as well the first First Minister of Scotland, the current Deputy First Minister, and a Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons.
- Harald Leslie, Lord Birsay, Chairman of the Scottish Land Court
- Iain Bonomy, Lord Bonomy, Senator of the College of Justice and Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
- Matthew Clarke, Lord Clarke, Senator of the College of Justice
- Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove, first female Senator of the College of Justice (retired)
- Charles Dickson, Lord Dickson, Lord Advocate and Lord President of the Court of Session
- Donald Findlay QC, advocate
- George Emslie, Lord Emslie, Lord President of the Court of Session
- Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate
- Thomas Miller, Lord Glenlee, Lord Advocate and Lord President of the Court of Session, and Rector of the University of Glasgow
- John Inglis, Lord Glencorse, Lord Advocate and Lord President of the Court of Session, and Rector of the University of Glasgow
- Brian Gill, Lord Gill, Lord Justice Clerk
- Ian Hamilton, advocate, Scottish Nationalist
- Lord Irvine of Lairg, Lord Chancellor
- Douglas Jamieson, Lord Jamieson, Lord Advocate and Senator of the College of Justice
- Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
- Roderick Macdonald, Lord Uist, Senator of the College of Justice
- Hugh Macmillan, Baron Macmillan, Lord Advocate and Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
- Alexander Munro MacRobert, Lord Advocate
- Professor Gerry Maher, Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Edinburgh, Law Commissioner
- Hugh Matthews, Lord Matthews, Senator of the College of Justice
- Robin McEwan, Lord McEwan, Senator of the College of Justice
- William Rankine Milligan, Lord Milligan, Lord Advocate and Senator of the College of Justice
- Ann Paton, Lady Paton, Senator of the College of Justice
- Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
- Alexander Ure, 1st Baron Strathclyde, Lord Advocate and Lord President of the Court of Session
- Professor Alan Watson, Civil Law scholar (former Douglas Professor of Civil Law)
- Lord Wilson of Langside, Lord Advocate and Senator of the College of Justice
- Lord Wheatley, Lord Advocate and Lord Justice Clerk, established Scottish Legal Aid system
- Norman Wylie, Lord Wylie, Lord Advocate and Senator of the College of Justice
- Des Browne QC MP, former Secretary of State for Defence and Secretary of State for Scotland
- Sir Menzies Campbell, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats
- Donald Dewar, former First Minister of Scotland
- Annabelle Ewing, former Member of Parliament for Perth
- Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety in the Scottish Parliament
- Tam Galbraith, former Member of Parliament for Glasgow Hillhead
- James Allison Glen, former Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
- Robert Stevenson Horne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
- John Lamont, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Roxburgh and Berwickshire
- John Smith, former Leader of the Labour Party
- Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
- Gerard Butler, actor
- Duncan Inglis Cameron, former Secretary of Heriot-Watt University
- Sir William Kerr Fraser, former Principal and Chancellor of the University
- Fred Goodwin, former Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland
- Katherine Grainger, 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist
- Sir James Guthrie, former President of the Royal Scottish Academy
- Denise Mina, author
- Elspeth Attwooll, Member of the European Parliament for Scotland (former lecturer in Jurisprudence)
- Andrew Dewar Gibb, former Leader of the Scottish National Party (former Regius Professor of Law)
- Professor William Gloag, co-author of The Law of Scotland (Gloag and Henderson) (former Regius Professor of Law)
- Professor Sheila McLean, Director of the School of Law's Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine
- Professor John Millar, philosopher, economist (former Regius Professor of Law)
- Robert Reed, Lord Reed, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (Honorary Professor)
- Professor David Walker, Private Law scholar (former Regius Professor of Law)
- Professor Alan Watson, Civil Law scholar (former Douglas Professor of Civil Law)
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- "Chair in Jurisprudence". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- "Chair in Public Law". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
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- "Corporate Biography of the Faculty of Law and Financial Studies". Gateway to Archives of Scottish Higher Education. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
- Undergraduate Degrees
- Taught Masters Degrees
- Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
- Research Degrees
- Student Representation
- Mooting in the School of Law