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Business Law - LLB (Hons)

Why study this course?

This qualifying law degree gives you the necessary foundation to go on to train as a barrister or solicitor. It focuses entirely on the branches of law relevant to business lawyers, with specialist commercial and financial law modules.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This law course is built around specialist commercial and financial law modules, designed to make you more employable in business and financial services fields, as well as in law. You'll develop independent research and communication skills, and learn how to argue your case in mooting competitions in our purpose-built mock courtroom.

You’ll benefit from our strong links with leading professions in law, government and business. A new collaboration with Clyde & Co and the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) will include a group mentoring programme for first-year students. If you join, you’ll be invited to a nearby law office for six interactive sessions with qualified lawyers.

You’ll also have access to our Legal Advice Clinic, which offers pro bono legal advice to staff and students at the University. The clinic runs once a week during term time, and you’ll have the opportunity to observe the legal interviewing and advising process, engage with the duty solicitor regarding case issues and accompany the relevant lawyer(s) if the case proceeds to court.

While studying, you’ll have the option to join our Law Mentoring Programme, where you’ll be paired with a postgraduate mentor who will help you develop your career. You’ll also be invited to a number of workshops, taster sessions and networking events, including our annual “Get into Law” day, featuring a panel of legal professionals.

You can also join our Street Law programme, which gives you the opportunity to engage with members of the local community on topical socio-legal issues. You’ll enhance your research and critical thinking skills, and gain experience of presenting to the public.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through essays, examinations, presentations and research projects. We won't assess you entirely through exams or in-class tests, unless required by professional bodies. We'll encourage you to work in teams as this enables you to learn from each other and develop important project skills.

Professional accreditation

This course is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree for progression to the Legal Practice Course (for solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for barristers).

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 points UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will be considered. Applicants with appropriate work experience are also welcomed.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (January start) - Friday morning

    Contract Law is a thirty week module providing students with a thorough understanding of contract law. As well as studying the traditional principles of offer, acceptance, consideration and third party rights, students will also consider other such practical topics as remedies, misrepresentation, frustration, restitution and exclusion clauses in contract. The subject is essential for all business, commercial and consumer interests. Assessment is via a combination of coursework and seminar participation. The module is relevant and very important for a range of careers in law, commerce and industry.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module provides an academic introduction to fundamental rules of criminal law, including the principles of a range of criminal offences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module focuses on developing skills of analysis, communication and reasoning. It introduces students to the law of torts through a detailed study of negligence and the social context in which this tort operates. This is followed by a study of other forms of tortious liability. Students will learn to apply their understanding to problem solving, as well as to communicate in a concise, accurate and effective manner.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    Legal Systems comprises an introduction to English Legal Systems in historical and international context. It includes basic outline of sources of law, law making process, institutional and court structure and legal actors within the English Legal system together with consideration of international and comparative models of law and basic legal theory.

    To successfully transact Legal Systems requires students to locate legal material, read and understand primary and secondary legal material and recognise and develop at an introductory level the basic legal skills of preparation, representation and advocacy required of professionals or successful actors within legal systems.

    The module (30 credits) will run for 30 weeks to year 1 (level 4) students. It will be delivered by way of a flexible programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and external activities (court visits and other appropriate legal forum or institution) supplemented by online (WebLearn) support.

    There are no prerequisites. Assessment will be by portfolio arising from class based exercises (40%) and a problem based exercise (60%)

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and core LLB unit provides a detailed understanding of the underlying concepts principles of EU law and its ever evolving relationship to domestic law. It considers the law-making powers of the EU institutions, the constitutional principles of the EU, and the role of the European Court of Justice. It highlights the interplay between these features by focusing on substantive EU topics such as the freedom of movement of goods, services and persons, and EU Competition law. It also explores the developing concept of EU citizenship and examines the promotion and protection of human rights within the EU. The topic is hugely important for a range of employers for example, businesses, State bodies, the legal profession, the Civil Service, NGOs, and policy makers.

    This new year long (30 week) module is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) module, and the choice of content is intended to include the key legal knowledge and materials in the subject area required by the Joint Academic Standards Board for Law. Assessment is by a combination of examination, coursework, and diagnostic/SAT style tests.

    This completely new module has also presented the module team with the opportunity to introduce new material and perspectives by reorganising and rethinking the module content and delivery to incorporate the university’s goal of developing blended learning, students' study responsibilities and employability.

    The module introduces a range of blended learning initiatives as a proactive response to the development of the university’s policy of technology enhances learning. For example, online office hours, online formative assessment submission, and new learning tools using library resources will be in place. The module will also seek to encourage and develop student learning autonomy and independent learning skills by establishing self-directed learning requirements in the diagnostic/SAT style testing assessment component and in the individual oral presentation formative assessment component. The module’s focus on employability fosters an appreciation and understanding of the use of SAT style tests for job recruitment in the area of employment in the organizations that work in the area of EU law such as the UK and EU Civil Services. There is also a lecture on working in such institutions. The oral presentation formative assessment component (along with the tutorials themselves) seeks to develop oral communication and legal presentation skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module introduces and builds legal concepts regarding the ownership of land and the control of assets, including trusts and examines the law relating to co-ownership of land. It examines the system of registered title (from pre 1925) in the form of registered and unregistered land. Rules relating to the transfer of title will be examined as well as controls on land use. Leases, licences, mortgages, easements, restrictive freehold covenants, adverse possession, conveyancing, human rights and torts relating to property will likewise be examined. It also aims to develop students’ skills in legal research in a variety of sources. Student employability will be enhanced by the development of analytical skills, written and oral communication skills and group participation skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides a contextual introduction to the central areas of UK public law. First, it provides an introduction to the principles and practice relating to the legal foundations of the constitution. Second, it considers the principles of administrative law with particular reference to judicial review and other non-legal remedies available to the citizen.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    The Work Placement for Professional Experience module provides students with an opportunity to experience working in a legal context, to develop the skills and abilities necessary for a graduate career, to identify their strengths and weaknesses and how they might improve their performance, and to apply theoretical legal knowledge to cases in the real world.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    Consumer Rights Law is a 30 week module providing students with a thorough understanding of modern consumer rights in relation to the acquisition of goods and services. As well as studying the traditional requirements of a sale of goods contract, students will also examine the laws of consumer financing and credit, the principles of the laws relating to cheques and electronic payments, statutory liability for dangerous and defective products and the principles and responsibility for regulation of the consumer market. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination. The module will be of interest to all students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of modern consumer rights and responsibilities in relation to goods and services. The module is relevant to a range of careers in law, retailing and consumer advice and marketing of goods and services.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    Employment and Equality Law. This module will focus on the legal relationship between employers and workers as well as the law related to the prohibition of discrimination both within and outside of the employment context. It examines the diverse nature of the individual employment relationship, the content of the contract of employment, remedies available on it’s termination and the development of and issues arising from Equality Law both within and outside the employment context.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module introduces students to Company law and will include the formation, constitution and management of companies together with share issue, share capital, loan capital and selected aspects of insolvency law.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    The ideas of Equity continue to play a decisive part in the resolution of issues of property ownership. Trusts, including Charities and Pension Funds, play a vital part in the economic life of the country and are increasingly recognised as indispensable modes of wealth protection or asset mobilisation throughout the world. Thus ‘Equity and Trusts’ is recognised as a Foundation subject in the training of all lawyers, and its subject-matter is essential mental furniture for anyone expecting to play a responsible role in business or society .

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module examines issues and controversies in Business Law and exposes students to contemporary legal issues. Students are able to research a subject of their choice in detail and will be required to explore their personal development plan in the context of future career direction. The module will further develop students’ abilities to research a legal topic, interpret and analyse information and evaluate their findings in the context of the contemporary business environment. It draws upon students’ knowledge, understanding and skills developed in earlier Business Law modules, allowing students to carry out in-depth research into a topic of their choosing.

    The module will allow students to consider different legal ideologies as a context for their research work. Students will also be directed as to appropriate research methodologies. Staff teaching on the module will also provide an overview of a number of contemporary legal issues as well as enabling students to develop effective strategies for dealing with their future career directions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    The module requires the students to undertake a detailed, critical investigation into a contentious legal topic relating to Business Law; the investigation is structured, so that students are required to formulate a research proposal at the outset; engage with regular supervision throughout the process; and produce at the end a reflective statement describing and evaluating the experience of their research and of their undergraduate studies generally

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    The Work Placement for Professional Experience module provides students with an opportunity to experience working in a legal context, to develop the skills and abilities necessary for a graduate career, to identify their strengths and weaknesses and how they might improve their performance, and to apply theoretical legal knowledge to cases in the real world.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    An overview of Environmental Law at the level of Domestic, International and European Law and a critical examination of the policy upon which it based .

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Intellectual Property Law is a 30 week module providing students with a thorough understanding of intellectual property law in a modern commercial context. As well as studying the traditional features of trade marks, copyright, patents, designs (overview) and EU IP competition law, students also consider the twenty-first century digital environment and contemporary commercial and governmental policy issues. The subject is very important for all businesses, marketing, media & creative industries as well as high-technology developers (e.g. IT and biotechnology) and it is taught with a contemporary and challenging focus. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination. The module will be of interest to all students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of intellectual property protection and understand the importance of protecting creativity and innovation in a global economy. The module is relevant for a range of careers in law, commerce, the media and industry.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module builds on the knowledge that students would have gained from the study of Property Law. The course the development of the common law, legislation and case law and will provide the student with the academic knowledge and practical know how required.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    Companies and Governments frequently need to raise money from Individuals and organisations to fund their activities This module is intended to provide students with a lawyer’s perspective and understanding of the financial and taxation systems and the significance of fiscal policy. The module will introduce students to taxation, investment, financial markets and transactions and examine how core legal concepts are applied in practical contexts. Students will analyse the regulatory and legal framework, the relationship between substantive law and financial regulation, questions of law and risk in financial markets, the legal aspects of taxation, banking, lending, securities and derivatives activity, and the legal and regulatory context of financial market failures. Consideration will also be given to the interplay between law and ethics within the realms of finance.

    In light of the central role that finance and taxation plays in the economy this module will be particularly relevant to students wishing to embark on careers in law, commerce, industry, central or local government or with regulators or professional bodies. It will be of interest to any student who wishes to develop an understanding of the relationship between law and finance.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year one modules include:

  • Legal Systems
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Contract Law 

Year two modules include:

  • Public Law
  • Property Law
  • European Union Law
  • Consumer Rights Law (optional)
  • Employment and Equality Law (optional)

Year three modules include:

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Company Law
  • Law of Finance and Taxation (optional)
  • Landlord and Tenant Law (optional)
  • Environmental Law (optional)

"The business modules at London Met University are amazing. I learnt a lot of strategies and analysis according to business industry. The tutors are amazing and they always pick up the latest information about business world."
National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Previous graduates have gone on to train as solicitors or barristers. As a London Met student, you’re also eligible for a discount on our paralegal training course, where you’ll train as an outdoor clerk or barristers’ clerk. The course lasts three days and is delivered by an external trainer in the moot courtroom.

Other potential career paths include business, media, voluntary organisations and NGOs. Our online vacancy system, Prospects, lists opportunities for full-time, part-time and voluntary work.

You'll have the opportunity to study in Europe, with current placements including Amsterdam, Paris and Bologna.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Visit UCAS for more details.

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