Undergraduate study
Law with Business Management

LLB (Hons) Law with Business Management

UCAS code: M1N2 LLB/LawBM

In an increasingly litigious economic environment the opportunity to study and develop skills in the complementary areas of law and business management is valuable within the graduate market.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

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Part-time

  • 4-5 years

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  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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  • Facilities

    Law, Policing & Investigation facilities

    The School of Social Sciences, Business & Law is equipped with excellent facilities, including a courtroom that replicates Teesside Combined Court. The courtroom has all the features of a modern court and can be used as a fully functioning facility. Our specialist crime scene house is one of only a few such facilities in the country.

 

This is a qualifying law degree offering all the compulsory law modules of an LLB (Hons) plus a strong introduction to core principles of business management. You study law and business modules (67% law and 33% business) in each year of the programme allowing for development of expertise in both areas of study, culminating in a dissertation combining both disciplines.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Finance

Foundations of Law

This module is the foundation of the programme. It introduces the English legal system and equips you with the methods and skills you need to study law at undergraduate level. You cover legal research and writing - essential skills for success throughout the degree. You also develop your key skills and begin to critically reflect on your own performance. In this module you are introduced to the University’s replica courtroom where you begin to develop law-specific and general presentation skills.

The Citizen and the State

This module focuses on the structure and functions of the state and the relationship between the state and the individual. The UK constitution is not a single document (as it is in the United States). Instead it is a combination of numerous powers and customs based on the traditional role of the monarch - this can make it difficult to understand.

In the first part of the module you gain an insight into the power of the state, how this is exercised by parliament and the government, and what controls are available to those in power. In the second part you consider the roles of the state and the individual in areas such as police power, civil liberty and judicial challenge. You also consider the Human Rights Act 1998 and the growing significance of the European Convention on Human Rights for UK citizens. With issues including European integration and state security currently in the news, the structure of the state is a crucial area of legal study.

The Law of Contract

Contract law is one of the most fundamental aspects of law. All contracts are agreements but not all agreements are contracts. This module explores the differences between informal agreements and those enforceable in law. It also covers issues that can arise within a contract including when someone is misled, when a party changes its mind about a contract, when one party does not perform a contract in whole or in part, and when property delivered as part of a contract is defective. In all of these cases you study the established principles for allocating responsibility.

At the end of the module you can look at a problem scenario, identify the legal contractual issues involved and propose a solution or offer advice to the parties involved. This module is very relevant to the business environment.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Criminal Law

As perhaps the best known aspect of the legal system, criminal law presents an interesting and challenging area of study.

You are introduced to the English legal system and gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of criminal law, the principles of criminalisation and the basic elements of a crime. You examine some controversial aspects of criminal law, including, for example, particularly problematic criminal offences and defences and the way the criminal law responds to social problems.

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Legal Research Methods and Skills

This module focuses on developing your research and presentation skills to prepare you for your dissertation. You cover a set of exercises using various sources in a sophisticated way. You become able to answer questions such as: how do I begin a research project in law? And how can I produce an interesting and relevant result? Some of the answers involve generic research skills and some are specific to law. The module uses flexible learning methods enabling you to gain confidence in your skills.

The Law of Equity and Trusts

You consider how equity has developed alongside the common law to provide justice in cases where the law provides no remedy or where the remedy is inadequate. You come to understand that the common law only provides the remedy of damages whereas equity provides additional remedies. These can include specific performance and injunctions - both are often the desired outcome of civil action.

You explore the legal ownership of property and its historys. You are introduced to the law’s most important contemporary uses in relation to family provision, pension funds and the operation of charities.

The Law of Tort

You encounter a range of civil actions associated with tort and are introduced to tort as a compensation system. Module content draws on the issues of claiming compensation after an accident. Unlike criminal law, which determines guilt, you come to understand the way that tort seeks to apportion liability and award damages to compensate the injured party.

The most prominent area of tortious liability is negligence. You examine the elements required to establish liability in detail. The importance of understanding the components of negligence and how to minimise the risk of liability is relevant to all businesses. Other forms of tortious liability include trespass (to land and to the person), defamation and nuisance - you consider a range of these torts.

We emphasise developing your critical awareness of the issues underpinning the legal process of tort and enhancing your analytical abilities and written presentation skills. You consider how our society has adopted a litigation culture and the potential drivers.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Dissertation

This module begins with formal lectures and seminars covering topics like how to conduct a dissertation and the research process – timetabling, supervision, structure and guidelines will be covered. You will be provided with a supervisor to support and guide you through the dissertation process. Personal development is embedded within the process as you are expected to complete a reflective diary.

Emerging Technologies for Enterprise

You gain an insight into developing and implementing emerging technologies in relation to information management and the technological aspects of business enterprise. You learn how these technologies affect all organisations in a wider business and technology context.

Land Law

Law relating to the transfer of land affects us all. No piece of land is the same as another and the law has developed in the last 900 years to reflect this. Historically, land law was about large interests and traditional estates. This changed during the 20th century as more people aspired to be owner-occupiers and the individual home owner replaced the landlord as the dominant figure. In the latter part of the 20th century the owner-occupier couple replaced the single, predominately male owner.

Today, the process of compulsory land registration is completing the transformation of this subject. The focus of this module is co-owned, registered land as land law is taught in its modern, social context.

The Law of the European Union

You study European Union (EU) with particular emphasis on the institutions involved in making and interpreting law. You explore how EU law works and how it impacts on the UK’s legal system.

You consider the free movement provisions of the EU, particularly of people and goods. You also consider some of the EU’s policies which have a significant impact on its 500 million people. Knowledge of EU law and the law making process is vital for businesses operating in and with the EU.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, student led presentations, workshops, and role-play.

How you are assessed

We use a variety of assessment methods including in-course essays, reports, presentations, problem-solving exercises, group work and exams.


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Career opportunities

As well as the legal professions, this degree provides the knowledge and skills to pursue a wide range of both legal and business-related careers including the widest possible range of business management roles, the civil service, local government, accountancy and politics.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must also have GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C (or equivalent). We recommend an Access course if you're a mature student.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)

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Part-time

  • 4-5 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

Contact details

Further information