BA Law with Business and Management

In choosing to study a degree in Law with Business and Management at Aberystwyth University you will gain the formal knowledge required for a successful law career in the twenty-first century, whilst also studying key aspects of Business and Management. You will be introduced to the basics of law alongside theories relating to organisations and their management. The Business and Management modules will help you understand important issues such as organisational behaviour and psychology, human resource management, the relationship of individuals to organisations, and the relationship of organisations to their context. You will then go on to study core legal concepts such as Tort, Civil, European and Public Law, as well as being able to choose further module options from both subjects. This world-class course is the product of Aberystwyth University's century-old Law school, which specialises in the related discipline of Criminology. All of our staff members are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Business (NSS 2016)

Aberystwyth Law School: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Aberystwyth Law School in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Aberystwyth Business School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Aberystwyth Business School who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

This BA Law with Business and Management programme will give you the formal knowledge required for a successful law career in the twenty-first century, whilst also allowing you to study key aspects of Business and Management.

This course has a major/minor structure, meaning two-thirds of your time is spent learning the fundamental principles of law, legal reasoning and the legal profession, and one-third studying Business and Management. 

In your first year, you will be introduced to the basics of law alongside theories relating to organisations and their management. The Business and Management modules will help you understand important issues such as organisational behaviour and psychology, human resource management, the relationship of individuals to organisations, and the relationship of organisations to their context. You will then go on to study core legal concepts such as Tort, Civil, European and Public Law, as well as being able to choose further module options from both subjects.

This world-class course is the product of Aberystwyth University's century-old Law School, which specialises in the related discipline of Criminology. All Aberystwyth Law School staff members are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

You will be able to enjoy Aberystwyth's law-related Societies, such as the Mooting Society, which can provide social and professional opportunities such as trips to law fairs and to the Inns of Court in London. This BA can also provide you with an international perspective. In addition to Aberystwyth's own departmental expertise, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe or further afield.

The skills you learn in this major/minor degree will be of enormous benefit in any legal or non-legal profession. Your expertise in advocacy, litigation and negotiation are just some of the many transferable skills that will assist you in any career path you choose.

Our Staff

Aberystwyth Law School lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Options Core Modules Part I: Students must choose 80 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference.

Semester 1

Sgiliau Cyfreithiol GF13110

Y Gyfundrefn Gyfreithiol GF13410

Cyfraith Ymrwymiadau GF13520

Legal Skills LA13110

Legal System LA13410

The Law Of Obligations LA13520

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF11120

Cyfraith Cytundebau GF13820

Tort LA11120

Law Of Contract LA13820

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management MM11000

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3

Semester 1

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Year 2 Options Year 2 - Students have a free choice of 80 credits of LA/GF modules, however, those wishing to gain professional exemption in Law must study the following modules (LA/GF):

Semester 1

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32900

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34500

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32900

Public Law LA34500

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32920

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34530

Tort LA31120

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32920

Public Law LA34530

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology and must take 80 credits in their minor department over Part II of the scheme.

Year 3 Options Year 3 - Students have a free choice of 80 credits of LA/GF modules, however, those wishing to gain professional exemption in Law must study the following modules (LA/GF):

Semester 1

Cyfraith Tir GF36100

Land Law LA36100

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Cyfraith Tir GF36130

Tort LA31120

Land Law LA36130

Year 3 Options Optional Modules Year 3 - 30 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology.

Final Year Core (20 Credits) You must take

Semester 2

Business Leadership And Corporate Responsibility MM34220

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Strategy MM34020

Strategaeth Busnes MR34020

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits of LA/GF modules from the Department of Law and Criminology and must take 80 credits in their minor department over Part II of the scheme.

Employability

Your BA in Law with Business and Management opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Providing you take the appropriate modules, this BA can be a qualifying law degree, making you a strong candidate to train as a barrister or solicitor. Your study of Law with Business and Management will also equip you well for future leadership roles in any organization and open up employment opportunities in business and human resource management.

Recent statistics from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) show that law graduates succeed in the areas of criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education. You will also be suited to jobs including banker, insurance underwriter, management consultant and risk manager.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of core legal skills and other skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately, and you will be confident in selecting and deploying the most appropriate of a range of legal methodologies. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

In studying Business and Management, you will have exercised research and problem-solving skills and demonstrated your ability to analyse and interpret data. The course is also designed to equip you to understand and adapt to global business.

In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding a BA in Law from one of the UK's foremost universities. Law is rightly perceived as an academically demanding subject, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context.

To help you discover the most appropriate career pathway for you, you will be assigned a dedicated, subject-specific careers advisor who will assist you in constructing a Personal Development Plan. This process will encourage you to reflect on your learning and your career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This major/minor BA Law course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures and seminars. You will receive comprehensive training in the rules and complexities of law; and you will be able to explore and interrogate this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

Among many skills, you will learn: to explain the structure and function of legal institutions; to analyse the processes of legislation and development of legal principles; to understand the importance of legal precedent and make use of it; and to construct convincing and cogent arguments on the basis of relevant law and available evidence. You will also learn: to communicate effectively using a variety of media and reporting formats used in business; to research and prepare reports based on data; and to work effectively in groups.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentations. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. For your Law assignments and tasks you will need to construct legal arguments and apply legal reasoning as you build your case. In your Business and Management assignments you will need to show an understanding of management and organizational theories and their practical implications, exercise problem-solving and decision-making skills, and present information clearly in a variety of formats.

The lectures, seminars and the Departments' supportive staff will only take you so far in your legal and business training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with the fascinating but demanding subjects. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

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Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

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