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Law and Economics BA (Hons)

Develop your knowledge of the features and principles of the UK and EU legal systems, alongside studies of the business environment and the formulation of economic policy.

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Overview

This joint honours course combines two areas of great importance in the modern world, and is designed to give students an understanding of constitutional law along with knowledge of contemporary economic issues.

In the first year you will be introduced to topics such as law of contract and constitutional and administrative law, and macro and micro-economics. Following this, you will be able to choose modules to suit your preference. Economics choices include Business Research Issues and Analysis, and International Trade, while law options range from Family Law to Criminal Law and Social Justice.

This course is not a qualifying law degree and does not exempt you from the academic stage of legal training for the Law Society and Bar Council. However, at the end of year one it may be possible to transfer to the Law LLB, which is a qualifying law degree course, if you so wish.

Key features

  • Study in a dedicated law environment, including a mock court room, client interviewing room and an integrated law library, and have access to the Crown Court room of Leicester Castle.
  • Take part in extracurricular opportunities, such as DMU Legal Advice Centre, the Careers Project, Street Law, DMU Law Society, client interviewing and mooting. This will enhance your employability and help ensure you are well-equipped for a range of career paths or further study.
  • Tailor your degree with specialist options. In your second and third years you have control of the modules that you want to study, so you can focus on your areas of interest.
  • Enjoy an international experience with our DMU Global programme. Recent study-focused trips for Law students include New York, Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington DC.
  • Benefit from our Bloomberg Trading Room, which gives you access to industry standard software to analyse share prices and company performance. This will help you gain a practical insight into markets and trading.
  • Boost your employability with our DMU Works scheme. The faculty has its own dedicated careers and placement team, which helps students obtain work, whether it’s a year-long placement, graduate role or short-term internship. They also provide one-to-one support and put on masterclasses to help with key skills such as CV and cover letter writing and interview techniques.

More courses like this:

Business Management and Law BA (Hons)
Law LLB (Hons)
Law and Criminal Justice LLB (Hons)
Law Human Rights and Social Justice LLB (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: ML21

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: ML21

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

  

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A-level or equivalent (eg BTEC)
  • All students must have at least five GCSEs grades A–C including English Language and Maths.
  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent)

    English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade C

    We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points.

 

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Year 1

Year 3

Plus option modules from the following indicative list:

Economics options:

Law options:

* You must select these modules if you want to gain a qualifying law degree

** You may substitute one of the listed modules for the self-study research project

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • Exam: 62%
  • Coursework: 38%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session. 

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. In the first year, you will typically have up to 14 contact hours of teaching most weeks. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition each module provides a two hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Subsequent years follow a similar pattern, however, the contact time will vary depending on your subject mix and options chosen, and the teaching methods appropriate to the module. Further details are contained in each module description.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be mainly taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Placements

An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.

We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement. 

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts. Our students have recently undertaken placements with leading brands such as Toyota, Walt Disney, Shoosmiths, Samworth Brothers and Enterprise Rent A Car.

For further details visit our placements page or contact @DMUBALPlacements.

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Graduate careers

Many graduates go into the legal profession, but the career opportunities for law graduates are infinite.

Recent graduates from the Faculty of Business and Law have gone on to roles such as Legal Associate at Barratt Developments PLC, Case Worker at Ministry of Justice, Investigation Support Assistant at Leicestershire Police and Prosecution Manager at Arriva Rail North.

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