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Business Law LLB (Hons)

A qualifying law degree with a focus on commercial law with the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice

Overview

The Business Law LLB at DMU allows you to focus on key aspects of business and commercial law, giving you the breadth of knowledge you need to start your career as a business legal professional. 

In the first year you will study four core modules to give you a strong foundation in law. In years two and three you are free to select the modules that reflect your own interests and career aims.

Key features 

  • This is a qualifying law degree with full exemptions from the academic stage of the professional qualification for solicitors and barristers. 
  • You will study in our fantastic dedicated law environment, which includes a mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library all based in the Hugh Aston building.
  • Enhance your understanding of Law through activities available such as DMU Legal Advice Centre, the Careers Project, Street Law, DMU Law Society, Black Lawyer’s Society, client interviewing and mooting. These will enhance your employability, ensuring you are well equipped for a range of career paths or further study.
  • Enjoy an international experience (where possible) linked directly to your studies through our DMU Global programme – previous trips have seen students visit New York, Berlin, Toronto and Doha. Students visited key institutions in New York to gain valuable insights into the American justice system this involved a tour of the iconic Supreme Civil Court.
  • Our DMU Works team offer support to help you gain the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for through placement opportunities with local, national and global companies. Past students have successfully been placed at Toyota, PepsiCo, Hewlett-Packard, The Walt Disney Company and the NHS.
  • Our graduates have gone on to secure roles working for a variety of nationally renowned organisations and law firms.

 

Graduate success and news

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Scholarships

DMU offers a range of scholarships to support our students.

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International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country-specific fee discounts for international students.

Visit our fees and funding page for more information.

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: M221

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

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

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

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: M221

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

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £14,750.

Find out more about available funding for international students.

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

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)
  • You must have at least five GCSEs at grades A*–C including English Language
  • 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

** Further information about BTEC equivalencies

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, you will need IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

UCAS tariff information

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

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Accreditations

 

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

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: 70%
  • Coursework: 30%

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. Each module is worth 30 credits. It is expected that student will spend a total of 300 hours of study for each module. You should be prepared to devote approximately 10 contact hours a week to your studies and additional independent hours of study in order to succeed. 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.

Accreditations

This course meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, which means that you will graduate with full exemptions from the academic stage of the professional qualification for solicitors and barristers. 

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to 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 IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

 

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.

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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. Business Law students have previously visited New York, where they enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the New York County Supreme Court and host a debate at the United Nations Headquarters.

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Placements

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 such as Warner Brothers and Toyota, as well as stand-alone placements with major law firms, such as Shoosmiths and Gateleys. 

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.

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Graduate careers

Our Leicester De Montfort Law School provides a unique programme for final year students who wish to pursue a research or academic career to work as paid researchers supporting major research projects and to develop their own research expertise. 

All students can hone their legal skills by engaging with our Legal Advice Centre, which provides advice to businesses, organisations and individuals, with the opportunity to claim Qualifying Work Experience to speed your way to qualification as a Solicitor. 

In addition, recent graduates from our Law School have gone onto careers 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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