Commercial lawyers are best equipped to advise their clients if they have a strong understanding of financial markets. The LLB Law with Finance provides you with thorough knowledge of how law works, both domestically and internationally, as well as how finance shapes leadership, strategy and planning within organisations.
You will cover all of the essential foundations of legal knowledge, and will be able to further specialise your curriculum in subjects including international trade law, banking law, company law and commercial contract law. The course provides access to Bloomberg and you will use real-time financial data to apply theory to practice and develop your capacity to analyse financial information. You will have the opportunity to forecast share prices, build portfolios of assets and explore the reasons behind market booms and crashes.
In the School of Law at Essex, we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. Our School of Law is Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014), and we are ranked 51st in the THE World University Rankings 2021.
Essex Business School is an international, ambitious and entrepreneurial community of more than 2,000 students, academics and practitioners championing responsible management and sustainable business.
Your education extends beyond our University campus. We support you extending your education by offering you an additional year abroad.
The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.
Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
We have exchange partners across Europe, in the United States, Canada and Australia.
When you arrive at Essex, you can decide whether you would like to combine your course with a placement year. You will be responsible for finding your placement, but with support and guidance provided by both your department and our Employability and Careers Centre.
If you complete a placement year you’ll only pay 20% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year.
Our expert staff
The School of Law and Essex Business School have internationally diverse communities of staff and students, which gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law, justice and business practises around the world. This community, combined with opportunities to study abroad during your time with us, ensures you graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts.
- Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practicing solicitors to offer legal advice to clients
- Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic
- Work on key human rights projects at our Human Rights Clinic
- Participate in mooting competitions to develop your skills
- Test your mediation and negotiation skills in our Client Interviewing Competition
- Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research
- Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA)
- Peer mentors guide you through your first year
- Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms
At Essex we don’t just prepare you to become an outstanding legal or business professional. We stimulate your desire to pursue justice and equip you with the skills and knowledge to become an agent for change, whatever career path you choose.
From the start of your course, we challenge you to think deeply, broadly and strategically about career paths. Over the first two years, alongside law subjects, you will take a career management module designed to help you identify personal strengths and goals, understand what employers are looking for and enhance your employability profile.
We also hold an annual law fair, attended by law firms and vocational qualification providers. Our graduates pursue careers in the law and in a wide range of other sectors including business and commerce, accountancy, insurance, banking, central and local government, academia, teaching, social work and the police force.
Why we’re great
- Our lecturers work with the UN, the UK government, and with EU and foreign governments.
- You gain work experience advising real clients through opportunities such as the Essex Law Clinic.
- Legal graduates with a combination of expertise in financial and commercial law are increasingly attractive to employers.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.
Teaching and learning disclaimer
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.