University of Aberdeen School of Law
The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen dates back to the University's foundation in 1495. Today, it is one of the largest law schools in Scotland, admitting some two hundred and fifty students each year, as well as over forty international exchange students.
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The School offers both undergraduate and taught and research postgraduate degrees, as well as the Diploma in Legal Practice and Professional Competence Course. The current Head of the School of Law is Greg Gordon.
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The history of the School of Law began with the establishment in 1495 of King's College, Aberdeen, the original university in Aberdeen, by William Elphinstone, then Bishop of Aberdeen and himself a former lawyer. From 1505 onwards, King's College endowed two professors of law- one for Canon law, another for Civil Law. Canon law ceased to be taught at King's College due to the Reformation which saw a purging of King's professors. The latter, Civil Law, would continue to be taught at King's College, subsequently in the United University, until today. The tradition have produced scholars such as T.B.Smith, Peter Stein.
In 1860, King's merged with Aberdeen's other university, Marischal College, to form the current University. However, it was not until 1895 that John Dove Wilson revived Scots Law at Aberdeen as a B.L (Bachelor of Laws) and 1910 as the LLB degree. The University taught Law at Marischal College until the expansion of King's College. The School of Law and its Library subsequently moved to St.Mary's buildings until once again, was moved to its current accommodation in the Taylor Building.
Today, the School of Law has around one thousand students studying undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and houses two research centres: the Centre for Property Law and the Civil Law Centre. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the School submitted 35.7 FTE staff, the third-highest number of legal research staff in Scotland, after Glasgow (37.95) and Edinburgh (48.74). Five of the School's research submissions were rated the highest 4*, the same number as Dundee and Stirling, but behind Glasgow's fifteen, Strathclyde's twenty and Edinburgh's thirty. The School achieved thirty 3*, forty-five 2* and twenty 1* submissions.
The School of Law maintains its own Library located in the Taylor Building at King's College campus. It occupies two floors and play host to the University's European Documentation Centre. It currently holds over 30,000 books and is equipped with over 190 study spaces alongside with collaborative rooms for both staff and students.
Aberdeen Summer Program
In addition, the School of Law plays host to the annual Aberdeen Summer Program in co-operation with the University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland School of Law. The course examines comparison of U.S. and U.K. law, and is taught by Scottish and American tutors. Twenty American law students participated in the 2008 program, and thirty-two American law students are enrolled in the 2009 program.
In between years 2 and 3 of the LLB (with a language or European Legal Studies) course, students are given the opportunity to spend time studying in another country, learning its respective legal system and possibly its language. Current options open to students include the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, Aarhus Universitet in Denmark, the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Auvergne, Pierre Mendès-France University and Lumière University Lyon 2 in France, the Universities of Freiburg, Marburg and Regensburg in Germany, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the University of Bergen in Norway, Universidad de Deusto and Universidad de Sevilla in Spain, and the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town in South Africa.
Aberdeen Student Law Review
The Aberdeen Student Law Review (ASLR) is a student run academic law review founded in 2010. The ASLR is entirely managed, written, edited and peer-reviewed by Students and Alumni of the University of Aberdeen. It is sponsored by Stronachs LLP who also provide a prize for the best submission to the review. The Hon. Lord Woolman acts as Honorary Editor and Patron of the ASLR.
- Alistair Carmichael: Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland (2001–present), Secretary of State for Scotland (2013–15)
- Alistair Darling: Chancellor of the Exchequer (2007–10)
- James Francis Edward Keith: Jacobite and Prussian Field Marshal under Frederick the Great.
- John Rose: Minister of Finance of Canada (1867), Solicitor General of Canada (1857-59), Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, Quebec (1867-69)
- Duncan Forbes: Lord President of the Court of Session (1737-48), Member of Parliament for Inverness Burghs (1722-37)
- Sylvester Douglas: Chief Secretary for Ireland (1793-94), Member of Parliament for Midhurst (1796-1800), Hastings (1802-06)
- James Stephen: Abolitionist lawyer, drafted the Slave Trade Act 1807 for William Wilberforce, Member of Parliament for Tralee (1808-1812)
- Alexander Asher: Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (1895-1905), Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs (1881-1905)
- Gail Prudenti: Former Judge of New York State Supreme Court, Dean of Hofstra University Law School (2017- present)
- James MacKintosh: Recorder (Chief Judge) of Bombay (1804-1811), author of Vindiciae Gallicae: a defence of the French Revolution, Member of Parliament for Nairn (1813-18), Knaresborough (1818-32)
- John Hill Burton: Historiographer Royal (1867-1881)
- Katy Clark: Member of Parliament for North Ayrshire and Arran (2005-2015)
- Alexander Seton: Senator of the College of Justice (1682-1688), Member of Parliament for Aberdeenshire (1681-1686)
- William Hunter: Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North (1885-1896)
- The Hon. Lady Dorian: Senator of the College of Justice (2005–present), Lord Justice Clerk 2016–present
- James Burnett, Lord Monboddo: founder of modern historical linguistics, Senator of the College of Justice (1767-1799), evolutionary thinker.
- Francis Grant, Lord Cullen: Senator of the College of Justice (1709-1726).
- William Barclay: former Counsellor of State for Charles III, professor of Civil Law at Angers.
- Frank Maguire: noted solicitor advocate, campaigner for victims of injustice.
- Colin Campbell: former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham (1988-2008).
- Sir William Grant: Master of the Rolls (1801-17), Member of Parliament for Banffshire (1796-1812)
- George Gordon: Lord Chancellor of Scotland (1682-88), Lord President of the Court of Session (1681-82)
- Morag Wise, Lady Wise: Senator of the College of Justice (2013- present )
- Priyantha Jayawardena: Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka (2012- present )
- Alexander Forbes Irvine: Co-founder of the New Spalding Club, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (1858-91)
- Cosmo Gordon: Co-founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and advocate.
- Robert Forbes Combe: Winner of the 1946 British Chess Championship.
- James Ferguson, Lord Pitfour: Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (1760-1764), Senator of the College of Justice (1764-1776)
- Gilbert Burnet: Bishop of Salisbury (1689-1715), confidant to William III.
- Sir George Mackenzie: Lord Advocate (1677-88), founder of Advocate's Library, Edinburgh, institutional writer
- Murdo Fraser: Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives in the Scottish Parliament and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (2003–present)
- The Rt Hon. Lord Marnoch: Senator of the College of Justice (1990–2005)
- Frank Mulholland, Lord Mulholland QC: Senator of the College of Justice since 2016, former Lord Advocate (2011-2016), Solicitor General (2007–2011)
- Nicol Stephen: Former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
- John West: Depute Provost of Aberdeen (2007-present)
- The Hon. Lord Woolman: Senator of the College of Justice (2008–present)
- Kezia Dugdale: Leader of the Scottish Labour Party (2015–17) and MSP for Lothian (2011–present)
- William Elphinstone: First Professor of Law at the University (1505-14), founder of King's College, Aberdeen.
- David Daube: Professor of Jurisprudence (1951-55), Regius professor of Civil Law (Oxford) (1955-70), taught noted figures such as Lee Kuan Yew.
- George Grub: Professor of Law at the University (1881–91)
- Neil Kennedy: first Chairman of the Scottish Land Court (1912-18), Professor of Law at the University (1901-07)
- Peter Stein: Professor of Jurisprudence at the University (1956-68), Regius professor of Civil Law (Cambridge) (1968-1993).
- George Nicholson: Professor of Civil Law at King's College (1673-84), Senator of the College of Justice (1685-1711)
- Thomas Smith: Professor of Scots Law and Dean of the University's Law School. Professor of Civil Law at Edinburgh (1968-72)
- James Scougal: Professor of Civil Law at King's College (1684-87), Senator of the College of Justice (1687-)
- David Dalrymple: Professor of Civil Law at King's College (1763-66), Senator of the College of Justice (1777-84)
- John Lesley: Professor of Canon law at King's College (1561-), Bishop of Ross, Senator of the College of Justice (1565-1596), secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots.
- Christopher Gane: Dean of the Law School (1995-2000), Dean of the Faculty of Law at CUHK (Hong Kong).
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