If you are looking to apply the law in a commercial or business setting, the LLB Business Law will help to equip you with a specialist understanding of both the law as it applies to business and the wider commercial world.
Accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, it could set you on the path towards qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, but equally can act as preliminary training for a range of other careers, recognised by employers as providing the transferrable professional skills they demand.
With a focus on developing your practical legal skills, Law has been taught at Coventry University for 50 years. Whether it is participating in a scenario to advise a client on setting up a company or preparing a complex international business contract, we aim to improve your analytical, negotiation and communication skills, vital for any line of work.
All qualifying law degrees are required to cover the foundations of legal knowledge, which will be studied during the first two years. These subjects are Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Law of the European Union, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Property Law, and Equity and Trusts, as well as the English Legal System.
On this specialist degree, the curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework that businesses operate within, together with the rules and main institutions of the legal system. You can also choose optional modules in specialist business law topics such as intellectual property or employment law.
You should gain an appreciation of the wider commercial context in which businesses operate and the legal consequences of various business activities – from initial set up as sole trader, partnership or registered company, for example, to tort liability for defective goods or premises.
We will examine aspects of contract law, agency and sale of goods as they affect business activities. Critically important in any organisation, we will also study basic elements of employment law, such as the contract of employment, health and safety at work, as well as the rights at work and protection against dismissal and redundancy.
Students on our LLB courses are required to undertake topics specifically designed to enhance their academic, personal and professional skills, as well as their career management. Modules are designed to develop your skills in areas such as writing, researching and retrieving legal materials, the collation and prioritisation of up-to-date relevant information, using paper and electronic sources, primary and secondary legal sources, and legal journals. You will be required to look at the development of a contemporary legal issue in the news, reporting your findings.
Why choose this course?
In today’s dynamic global environment, businesses of all sizes can find themselves faced with a raft of emerging liability risks and the threat of claims from various stakeholders. Individuals with a broad understanding of corporate and general areas of law are in high demand.
Business law deals with the creation of new businesses and the issues that arise as existing businesses interact with their customers, members of the public, other companies, the government and other regulatory bodies. This fascinating area of the law draws on a variety of legal disciplines, including, intellectual property, real property, sales, employment law, bankruptcy and others.
Coventry Law School is staffed by over 20 highly experienced academics and former practitioners, who bring their professional and/or research expertise into teaching; our school take pride in providing friendly, accessible, support, guidance and inspirational teaching.
We offer specific tuition for the enhancement of legal writing skills with a view to potential publication, as well practical legal skills modules to enhance your employability. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake pro bono work with real clients in Coventry Law Centre Legal Clinic, which is supported by Allen and Overy Solicitors, who also provide a team of lawyers to discuss the cases with students to help them work out a solution to their legal problems.
We enjoy professional links with an extensive range of legal organisations, such as Coventry City Council, Warwickshire Law Society and the Junior Lawyers Division. Our Legal Futures team offers dedicated employment support to help you apply for a work placement and you also have the option to spend a year studying overseas, gaining the international experience many businesses now seek from graduates.
The student Law Society, with over 50 members, is one of the most active on campus, providing academic support for its members, networking opportunities and hosting large social events, including a Winter Ball.
International experience opportunities
We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to your future career. All of our undergraduate courses are designed to enable you to take an additional optional year either on placement in the UK or abroad or studying abroad (subject to application and availability).
From your first day in the Law School, we will offer you advice and guidance to help you achieve a global experience. The Law School has particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chonqing, China and the University of Central Florida in the USA. We have also established links with the Universities of Liege in Belgium, Strasbourg in France (French speaking), Castellon and Leon in Spain (Spanish speaking), The Hague in the Netherlands, Orebro in Sweden, Pecs in Hungary (where courses are taught in English) and the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking).
We offer a range of optional field trips to enable you to experience the legal systems of different countries, which has previously included the Instituto Superior de la Carrera ISC in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of the West Indies in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. We also host live seminars with students abroad via web link, provide opportunities to attend summer schools in the US.
Throughout the course, staff will introduce comparative international elements and issues; a number of final year options are specifically international in focus including modules covering international commercial law, international public law and international criminal law.
The aim of this course is to make sure you have the relevant knowledge and qualifications to proceed to a career as a lawyer or in business.
You can benefit from specialist advice and support in the ‘Career Planning and Management’ module. We also host regular networking events to enable you to meet representatives from local firms and a variety of local organisations who sit on our Industry Advisory Board, which regularly reviews our course content to ensure it remains up-to-date.
Many of our graduates enter the legal profession in high street, national and international ﬁrms specialising in commercial and business law. Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Ward and Rider Solicitors, a local ﬁrm founded in 1948; Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands ﬁrm with six ofﬁces; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial ﬁrm with ofﬁces in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.