There are close connections between the law and modern business enterprise. Lawyers acting for commercial clients can benefit from an understanding of organisations, their management and the way they structure their activities. People in business can benefit from a sound knowledge of the law.
This popular programme gives you a thorough grounding in English law and the disciplines and constraints it imposes on business practice, opening up career opportunities across many diverse areas.
Birmingham Law School is the most established law school in one of the largest legal communities in the country. For over 85 years we have made a major contribution to teaching and scholarship, and you’ll learn from academics who are leaders in their fields and the authors of many key works used by practitioners today.
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LLB Law Graduate
“What first struck me about Birmingham was the reputation the university holds, as it is widely known to be one of the UK’s finest institutions. The course itself was a large part of the appeal, as it is one of a very few universities around the country which offers a wide array of module options. ”
This three-year programme is taught in partnership with Birmingham Business School, You will study both subject areas in each year of the programme and the proportion is approximately two thirds law to one third business.
At Birmingham, you’ll benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you’re a fully supported and active learner. Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in both law and non-law sectors. Students on the LLB with Business also have the option of a year abroad in a partner institution.
- Transferable skills - A law degree prepares you for a wide range of careers
- Employability - Birmingham is one of the top universities in the UK for graduate employment
- Extensive opportunities - including mooting, pro bono and debating
- Professional links - placement schemes, annual law fair, visits to leading firms
- Optional year abroad - study overseas in a partner institution
You will study 80 credits of compulsory law modules (Legal Skills and Methods, Public Law, Law of Contract, Criminal Law) and 40 credits of Business Studies modules (Introduction to Financial Analysis, Business Organisation and Management, Introduction to Marketing and Introduction to Economics).
The second year consists of 80 credits of compulsory law modules (Law of Torts, Legal Foundations of the European Union, Land Law, Legal Communications and Writing and Law in Action II) plus 40 credits of Business Studies modules (Financial Decision Making, International Economy, Human Resource Management and Global Marketing).
In the final year you complete a dissertation and 3 optional law modules from those available to all final-year LLB students. You also will study compulsory Business Studies modules in Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management, Innovation Management and Corporate Finance.
Optional modules normally available from Birmingham Law School include:
*Students wishing to have a Qualifying Law Degree should choose Equity and Trusts as one of their final year options.
Optional year abroad
In the third year of study students can opt to add a year abroad making the LLB a four year rather than a three year programme. If you opt for a year abroad you will be placed in a partner institution where delivery of the Law programme is in English. As well as having the academic support of one of our partner institutions, you will also keep your personal tutor at the University of Birmingham, who will monitor progress and will be a point of contact during the year abroad.
Students considering a year abroad will attend the Year Abroad Fair in second year to explore their options. Places at the most popular partner universities are allocated on a competitive basis, and students should be flexible when considering where to study abroad. Although a final list of opportunities for Law students is not yet available, an idea of likely partners can be found through the Study Abroad page.
Advancement to the Year Abroad is contingent upon satisfactory performance in years 1 and 2. Students will not normally be permitted to undertake a year abroad unless they have achieved at least a 2:1 in their second year examinations as host institutions are unlikely to accept any student that does not meet this standard.
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17 are as follows:
- Home / EU: £9,000
- Overseas: £14,250
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about scholarships and awards
- The Law School offers subject specific scholarships for students of £3,000 p.a. Full details of how to apply can be found on our scholarships page
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- GCSE Mathematics at grade B if not offered at A or AS level.
- General Studies:
- General Studies is not accepted but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma in the following subject areas will be accepted: Business, Humanities and Sciences. Grades required - D*D*D.
BTEC Diploma in the following subject areas will be accepted: Business, Humanities and Sciences when combined with an A level.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in the following subject areas will be accepted: Business, Humanities and Sciences when combined with 2 A levels.
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall.
Birmingham Law School has a thriving community of over 200 international students across our LLB programmes. All international qualifications which are equivalent to A-Level will be considered for entry. Learn more about international entry requirements.
If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications include:
- IELTS: 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band
If you need to improve your level of English in order to meet the minimum entry-level requirement you may be able attend one of the full-time courses run by our English for International Students Unit.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
Key Information Set (KIS)
Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full- or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.
All KIS information has been published on the Unistats website and can also be accessed via the small advert, or ‘widget’, below. On the Unistats website you are able to compare all the KIS data for each course with data for other courses.
The development of Key Information Sets (KIS) formed part of HEFCE’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education. They give you access to reliable and comparable information in order to help you make informed decisions about what and where to study.
The KIS contains information which prospective students have identified as useful, such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, learning and teaching activities, assessment methods, tuition fees and student finance, accommodation and professional accreditation.
As a Birmingham student, you are joining the academic elite and have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts in their fields. Learning here at the Law School is research-led, drawing upon the expertise of staff to provide excellent teaching. We regard teaching and research as inextricably linked and mutually reinforcing. Our staff are frequent participants in legal debates and contribute regularly to the policy-making process.
Our teaching reflects original thought and insight which has helped to shape the contours of the discipline of law. Respondents to the National Student Survey have acknowledged the enthusiasm of our staff and their ability to explain things clearly and make material intellectually stimulating. We encourage all our students to challenge us and draw their own conclusions.
Central to Learning and Teaching in the Law School at the University of Birmingham is critical enquiry, debate and self-motivation, summed up by the term enquiry-based learning.
Enquiry-based learning describes an environment in which learning is driven by the shared enquiry of students and tutors. This approach will enable you to take control of your own learning as you progress through your degree. Moreover, it will encourage you to acquire essential skills that are highly valued in the competitive employment sector: creativity, independence, team-working, goal-setting and problem-solving. Enquiry-based learning places you at the centre of your own learning process so that you learn through involvement and ownership and not simply by listening.
What you can expect?
Throughout your Law degree you can expect about 13 hours of contact time per week made up of approximately ten hours of lectures and three hours of seminars.
Lectures are an important method of teaching used in the School, intended to provide a structured framework for learning and dispensing essential knowledge. They won't tell you all you need to know, but they should help you to navigate the reading you're expected to undertake to pursue your studies effectively. A good lecture can be an eye-opening and mind-broadening experience.
Seminars are smaller group classes, which involve the development and testing of ideas in discussion, with a high degree of student input. A successful class is one in which the module teacher says very little, intervening only to comment, steer and occasionally inform or correct.
Seminars are not ‘mini-lectures’. In all seminars you are expected to be prepared and to participate. They provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, and all students are expected to be able to participate actively. This is tremendously important at university level and will help you to clarify and extend your understanding of the topics you are studying, as well as develop confidence in expressing yourself orally.
Seminars in law also provide an opportunity to learn the difficult but vital skill of applying the law to factual situations. This is assessed in exams through ‘problem questions’. For your seminars directed to this skill you will be given the facts of problem questions in advance, and you devote time to working out your own answers beforehand, then testing those answers in argument during the seminar.
Students at the University of Birmingham are taught by a mixture of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and doctoral researchers, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. Many of our teaching staff have published important works about their areas of expertise, whilst others have taught at international institutions and can offer unique perspectives of their subjects.
You can find out more about the members of staff (including their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest) in their academic profiles linked below.
Birmingham Law School uses a variety of methods to assess student performance, this includes exams, essays and dissertations. At the beginning of each module, you'll be given information on how and when you'll be assessed for that particular programme of study.
- Examinations take place in the summer term (May/June) and exam-based modules are typically assessed by a 2 or 3-hour exam. There are no January exams at Birmingham Law School.
- Essays vary in length (1000-4000 words) depending on whether the essay is only part of the assessment for the subject or whether the subject is assessed 100% by essay.
- Dissertations are individual research projects into a specific topic and vary in length (up to 10,000 words) depending on the credit value of the subject which is being assessed by dissertation.
A number of prizes are available for outstanding performance in assessments at the end of each academic year. Many of these prizes are sponsored by law firms across the UK.
Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.
Developing skills and enhancing academic performance is a key part of a university education and the Law School provide feedback on your work throughout your degree. You'll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. To enhance the student learning experience, the Law School provides the following:
- Individual feedback on academic performance is provided during progress review meetings with your personal tutor throughout the year.
- All academic members of staff will have feedback and office hours during which you can see them without prior appointment and speak to them on a 1-1 basis to discuss feedback or other academic support you may require.
- Individual feedback on both assessed and non-assessed essays within four weeks of submission. This feedback will cover
- What was done well
- What was not done well
- How the above relate to the mark achieved and the marking criteria
- What could be done to improve the next piece of work.
- Generic feedback on examination papers will be offered to students following the publication of results in June each year.
- In addition to generic feedback, individual feedback is offered to all students who have failed and are entitled to re-sit the examination.
Legal Skills Advisory Service (LSAS)
In addition to the feedback you will receive from academic staff, our Legal Skills Advisory Service will help you develop skills particular to studying law. We run daily drop-in sessions and weekly workshops open to all undergraduate Law students. LSAS will help you to develop skills which are crucial to legal study. Workshops include:
How to prepare for seminars and lectures
How to answer essay and problem questions
How to read cases and articles
How to learn from feedback and tackling common mistakes
How to manage your time effectively
How to prepare for exams
Birmingham Law School's Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER)provides a diverse range of opportunities and activities to enhance knowledge, skills, confidence and employability - all the things that help graduates to stand out from the crowd in a competitive jobs market.
Our students can benefit from activities, opportunities, help and resources in areas including:
CEPLER's extensive provision of careers lectures and skills workshops offers advice and guidance on a range of specialist areas of law and legally-related careers. In addition to practical skills sessions on how to present yourself and succeed at interview. View information on our careers lectures provision. Or to find out about other careers activities.
We are forging links right across the legal community and beyond to public, third sector and non-law commercial organisations to provide valuable work experience placements.
CEPLER's Pro Bono Group began in 2009 and has grown from one Street Law Project to a diverse portfolio of opportunities to build your experience and serve the community. Visit the Pro Bono Group page for full details on the range of projects.
Mooting & Advocacy
Being able to evidence your experience of advocacy is a key advantage in the over-subscribed legal profession. CEPLER offers skills sessions and three Mooting competitions, as well as Debating and Negotiation.
CEPLER is developing new and innovative approaches to teaching to give you experience of real world law. So far, we have introduced two new practice-based modules: Regulation of the Legal Profession, which will encourage you to question assumptions about lawyers and their role in society; and Advocacy, which covers a range of skills such as mooting, negotiation and mediation, along with court observations and presentation skills development.
This degree is a ‘qualifying’ degree; this means that it provides exemption from the first or academic stage of the examinations required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board before you can qualify as a solicitor or barrister.
In order to practise in England and Wales the intending barrister must first join an Inn of Court. Many students do this while taking their degree. The School has its own Inns of Court Students’ Association from which details can be obtained about joining an Inn. On successful completion of the degree intending barristers must take a further one-year full-time course, the Bar Professional Training Course leading to the second part of the Bar examination. There then follows a one-year period of Pupillage – a form of apprenticeship in a barrister’s chambers.
On completion of their degree intending solicitors take a one-year full-time course. This is called the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Thereafter, there is a two-year training contract (apprenticeship in a firm of solicitors), all or most of which must be taken after completing the LPC. Fuller information on both the Bar and the Solicitors’ professions is given in the Law School Handbook. The official bodies, from which complete particulars should be sought, are as follows:
The Council of Legal Education
4 Gray’s Inn Place
The Law Society Education and Training Department
Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.
Clubs and societies
The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.
Student Experience Officers
Our Student Experience Officers will help you get the most out of your academic experience. They will offer research opportunities, study skills support and help you prepare for your post-university careers. They will also organise social events, such as field trips, to help you meet fellow students from your course.
Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.
The City of Birmingham
One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.
Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.
The University of Birmingham has been welcoming international students onto our campus since 1900.
We have one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK, with 5,000 international students from more than 150 different countries and 31% of our academic staff from overseas.
If you would like further information about entry requirements, how to apply and funding options, then you can visit our international students webpage. You may also wish to take a virtual tour of our campus and watch the video below to hear our international students say their favourite thing about the University of Birmingham.