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The rule of law is fundamental to a fair and civil society, and the study of Law can give you the power to make a difference. Taught in the oldest and most established Law Department in Wales, the LLB Business Law degree at Aberystwyth University is designed to equip you with the formal knowledge required for a successful law career in the twenty-first century while also enabling you to gain specialist knowledge in the area of Business Law. 

A basic understanding of law is essential to the successful running of any business. Whether you intend to run your own or advise the commercial sector, the Business Law degree is an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of business-related legal subjects. Whether you want to work as a legal professional or want to explore other options, this degree is the first step on your journey to a rewarding career. 

Course Overview

M140 Business Law is a practical law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics. 

It is taught by professionals who are active for large organisations such as GRETA, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

All our LLB degrees provide a foundation for those intending to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. You will be able to take advantage of excellent social and professional opportunities such as visits to Law Fairs and Inns of Court in London. 

You will have an opportunity to take part in our 'InvEnterPrize' venture - our Dragon's Den style student entrepreneurship competition. InvEnterPrize offers entrepreneurial students an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished and the successful entry is awarded a cash prize to invest in equipment, facilities or professional services to turn an invention or business start-up idea into reality. 

LLB Business Law offers a number of options, including the opportunity to do a work placement module in different areas of law, and to study abroad in the second year at one of our many partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. 

You will also have the opportunity to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills. We offer a Welsh medium Mooting competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh. 

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology 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).

Modules September start - 2023

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contract Law LC13820 20
Criminal Law LC10520 20
Legal Skills and Research LC10420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems LC10120 20
Tort LC11120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Introduction to Criminology LC12220 20
Law in Action LC13220 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
European Law LC20720 20
Public Law LC20620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Law LC21220 20
Commercial Law LC26220 20
Company Law LC27220 20
Crime and the Media LC24320 20
Drugs and Crime LC28220 20
Environmental Law LC27720 20
Equity and Trusts LC24920 20
Family and Child Law LC26420 20
Human Rights LC25220 20
International Law LC26920 20
Introduction to Criminology LC22220 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Land Law LC24820 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC26720 20
Police, Policing and Society LC21020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC28120 20
Psychopathology LC29220 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC26120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Law and Criminology Dissertation LC39020 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equity and Trusts LC34920 20
Land Law LC34820 20
Commercial Law LC36220 20
Company Law LC37220 20
Crime and the Media LC34320 20
Criminal Law LC30520 20
Critical and Radical Criminology LC37120 20
Drugs and Crime LC38220 20
Employability Skills for Professionals LC36620 20
Environmental Law LC37720 20
Family and Child Law LC36420 20
Human Rights LC35220 20
International Law LC36920 20
Introduction to Criminology LC32220 20
Labour Law LC36820 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC36720 20
Police, Policing and Society LC31020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC38120 20
Psychopathology LC39220 20
Victimology LC30820 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC36120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Careers

Career prospects

Your LLB in Business Law opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you. You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor. 

Your LLB in Business Law offers you the possibility to succeed in many different areas including:

  • criminology
  • financial management 
  • business
  • human resources 
  • international relations 
  • journalism
  • education 

Your future is important to us and our degree will equip you with the following skills: 

  • the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies
  • the ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information
  • the ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • the ability to work independently
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • research skills.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

Our LLB Business Law degree is a themed degree. The first year of study will be the same as for the M100 LLB Law degree while the second and final year will focus more specifically on Business Law -  commercial law, company law, and corporate liability in particular. 

During your first year you will receive core training in a number of standard legal subjects. 

 

You will learn about the general requirements for a valid legal contract, look at procedural unfairness and the parties to the contract, and study different aspects of the terms of the contract. 

You will have the opportunity to understand and examine critically the evidence, concepts, debates, and controversies associated with the study of criminal law. 

You will learn about legal skills and research and receive a thorough grounding in the skills needed to undertake the study of law, including critical analysis, reading legislation, sources of law, using legal databases, legal reasoning, writing legal essays and papers. 

You will study the legal system components that are fundamental to a qualifying law degree and gain an overview of the criminal justice system. You will also examine the relationship and interaction of the two systems. 

You will examine the basic principles of tort, which is the right of individuals to seek private legal remedies for wrongs they have suffered at the hands of others, either deliberately or through carelessness. 

You will explore key theoretical perspectives that help to explain crime and social disorder in society. We introduce you to criminological perspectives within their social and political context.  

You will receive a comprehensive and interactive overview of how law actually functions in society, by addressing its application in contemporary issues and events.  

In your second and final year you will study a small number of core legal topics and will tailor your studies through careful selection from a range of elective modules. 

This is a themed degree and you will be directed by the Department towards modules that are related to the theme of the scheme. The Dissertation would also be related to the particular themes of the scheme. 

How will I be taught? 

  • You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars which are innovating and high quality allowing you to realise your potential. 
  • In your lectures, you will be introduced to key concepts and relevant up to date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures. 
  • Our tutorials and seminars are an opportunity for you to discuss particular legal themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning whilst at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments. 
  • You will be assessed through essays, exams, study logs or portfolios and oral presentations including mooting exercises. 
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at the Aberystwyth Law School. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have issues or queries. 
  • You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations. 


Student Testimonials

Law is a challenging subject which stretches me each and every day and that is exactly why I enjoy it! Thanks to both the brilliant staff and the extensive resources available to students, the challenge remains one which I’ve never felt was out of my grasp. Aberystwyth itself is a great town, ideal for a variety of students. It has something to offer for everyone, and I know of no better place to make close friends. The town is very relaxed and welcoming, and when it is sunny there is no place in the UK I’d rather be. Andrew James Hall

I chose to study the LLB Law degree as I wanted to go on to train as a solicitor. One of the great things about the degree is the wide range of optional modules you can choose, and if they don't run every year, as some don't, they run every other year so you are guaranteed to have the chance to do the ones you want. Also, the staff are extremely friendly and approachable, meaning that any problems, issues or questions you have will be answered quickly and easily. Whilst it involves a lot of hard work, as does any degree, it is well worth it in the end, and you will have fun and gain experience along the way! Katie Jayne Mansell

The combination of a brilliant course with a beautiful town is perfect. I have loved studying Law at Aberystwyth over the past 3 years. Although it has been hard work and exhausting, it has been thrilling and challenging as well. All the lecturers, tutors and staff are fantastically friendly and helpful and care about the department and the way modules are taught. The Law library houses everything you need for your degree, so you don’t need to go far. Law attracts so many different personalities and students from different backgrounds and spending 3 years with them is great. The modules offer great choice. William Pryce

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 128 - 104

A Levels ABB-BCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-28

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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