Edinburgh Law School was established in 1707. For more than 300 years, we have been at the heart of legal education, research and scholarship. We are an international law school, with a vibrant community of world-leading educators and researchers contributing to teaching and research that has both local and global reach and impact.

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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world's leading thinkers to work and study here.

Edinburgh Law School is situated on the Universitys central campus, at the historic Old College in the heart of Edinburgh, minutes from both the highest Law Courts in Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.

The City of Edinburgh has been a major centre for Law since the Middle Ages, and for over 300 years we have trained generations of the worlds finest legal minds, sustaining a history of fine legal scholarship and education.

Today we are larger and more diverse than ever. With a dynamic, outward-looking and research active ethos, and several specialist research centres, we attract leading as well as promising young legal scholars from all fields and from around the world.

We are currently ranked in the top 40 Law Schools in the world (QS World University Rankings 2012) and 11th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2013).

Programmes: on campus and online

With 19 on-campus masters programmes to choose from, which can be studied both part-time or full-time, we offer a flexible and varied method to advance your studies in Law.

We also offer six masters programmes and a postgraduate certificate in law by online distance learning. This enables you to study from anywhere in the world and offers a flexible way to study a postgraduate programme in law while maintaining professional and personal commitments. By offering a highly participative online learning environment, which is both supportive and intellectually stimulating, we are able to deliver the same high quality learning experience expected of Edinburgh Law School online.

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At Edinburgh Law School, you'll enjoy access to superb resources and facilities, and an educational experience designed to unlock your full potential.

Class sizes for on-campus programmes are taught with a maximum of 25 students, and delivered by experts in their field of knowledge.

You will have access to one of the largest collections of legal documents in the UK in our Law Library and we provide an excellent array of computing and study facilities for all of our students.

Community and support

Our postgraduate community is very active, with many reading groups, seminars, events and societies for you to participate in. You will also receive a personal tutor on registration, who will help guide you through your studies.

Edinburgh Student Law Review

The Edinburgh Student Law Review is the first of its kind in Scotland. Managed and written entirely by the Schools student body, it aims to provide a forum for law students to engage in a more analytical approach to the study of law.

Students from all levels and legal disciplines are encouraged to submit articles, case notes and updates, which are published in the Review each year.


We understand that postgraduate study can be a significant financial commitment. We therefore have a range of scholarships and bursaries that can make the difference and ease the financial burden.

Student Life

As a student at Edinburgh, you will be joining a vibrant community of like-minded intellectuals. We have one of the most diverse student populations of any Scottish university with 11,000 students from over 130 different countries contributing to our cosmopolitan and multicultural learning environment.

Edinburgh: a unique living and learning experience

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city that offers a unique living and learning experience. One of the most vibrant cities in Europe, Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

Edinburgh also regularly receives high satisfaction ratings for safety and security in the International Student Barometer survey. This cosmopolitan, safe and welcoming atmosphere encourages international students to feel at home quickly.

Edinburgh Law School is located at the very heart of the city, which ensures that our campus and our students are an integral part of everything that is going on.

Social life

The friends you meet, the places you discover and the experiences you share contribute as much to your university life as your formal degree programme. Your social calendar at Edinburgh can be as packed with activities as you want it to be.

You'll enjoy:

  • access to more than 260 student societies covering all areas of interest across sport, music, drama and the arts
  • superb sport and exercise facilities, ranked among the best in the UK
  • access to more than 65 different sport clubs, including everything from fencing to skydiving, horse riding to ice hockey.

All year round, Edinburgh is a cultural hub attracting the best in film, music, art and entertainment to its many cinemas, galleries, theatres, gig venues and concert halls. And, of course, the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival and the accompanying Edinburgh Festival Fringe deliver a billing of international acts in comedy, theatre, music and dance that attracts visitors in their thousands every summer.