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Law and Economics BA (Hons)

Develop your knowledge and key skills by studying law alongside the fundamental and contemporary areas of economics.

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This joint-honours programme offers an opportunity to go into considerable depth in the areas of both law and economics. The aim is to allow students to develop rigorous skills in these complementary subject areas, and to equip themselves with a valued degree that helps build strong and marketable transferable skills and knowledge. At each level over the three years, students will study 60 credits of law and 60 credits of economics modules. It requires students to be more dynamic and skilled than those on single honours programmes but it results in a wider range of career options. 

In the first year you will be introduced to topics such as law of contract and constitutional and administrative law, and both macro and micro-economics. Following this, alongside the compulsory modules, you will be able to choose some modules to suit your preferences. Economics choices range from International Trade, through to Behavioural Economics and Ecological Economics.  The law options range from business law modules such as Company law, Commercial law, Intellectual Property (copyright, trademarks, designs and patents) and competition law as well non-business law modules such as Family Law, 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 our fantastic dedicated law environment, including a mock court room, client interviewing room and an integrated law library. You’ll also have access to the historic Crown Court room of Leicester Castle. 
  • Build on your employability by taking part in DMU projects, such as the DMU Legal Advice Centre, The Careers Project, Street Law, DMU Law Society, client interviewing and mooting. This experience helps ensure you are well-equipped for a range of career paths or further study. 
  • Tailor your degree with specialist options that cover areas such as European Economic Issues, Law of Tort, Political Economy and Social Justice. 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. 
  • Expand your horizons through international experiences with  our  DMU Global  programme. Recent study-focused trips for Law and Economics students include destinations such as Hong Kong, Brussels and Washington DC, which included visits to the United Nations Headquarters and the financial districts in New York. 
  • Gain a practical insight into markets and trading with our Trading Room, which gives you access to industry standard software to analyse share prices and company performance.  
  • 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 workshops to help with key skills such as CV and cover letter writing and interview techniques. 



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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 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 taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work, and high-spec IT labs installed with professional software.  

Student benefit from The Trading Room, which can provide simulation of what it is like to work in the financial industry in roles such as trading, portfolio management, investment banking, corporate finance and financial or economic analysis.

Study in our fantastic dedicated law environment, including a mock court room, client interviewing room and an integrated law library. You’ll also have access to the historic Crown Court room of Leicester Castle.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers



During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.  

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, with leading companies and organisations such as the Government Economic Service, Rolls Royce, Samworth Brothers and Enterprise Rent A Car. 

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.  


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Law and Economics students have visited the financial district of New York, where they learned about the financial institutions and went on an exclusive tour of the Bloomberg headquarters.  



Graduate careers

Many graduates go into the legal profession, typically as solicitors but the career opportunities for joint law graduates are very wide.  

Recent graduates from the joint law courses have secured graduate training with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deloitte, Bloomberg and the multi-national Kerry Foods. Others aiming for the legal profession secured training contracts with a range of law firms including the international commercial firm, Eversheds Sutherland. 

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