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Course Overview

This programme offers students a full degree combined with a specialism in a business area or a language. Students will study fundamental law modules to prepare them for entry to the Law Society of Ireland (Solicitor) and in addition will elect to study a principal commercial discipline (accountancy, economics, management and digital business & analytics) or a language.

Graduates will understand not only the legal process but also the fundamentals of business.  This will prepare graduates to work as lawyers in a corporate environment.

Professional work placement or study abroad:

Every student is given the opportunity of work placement or study abroad. 

Work placement in a leading law firm, a corporate firm or a public sector organisation exposes students to application of the law which will supplement their academic legal education with practical exposure. 

Study abroad at partner institutions around the world provides students with experience of a legal education in an international setting and a different perspective on the law.

Graduate Skills Development:

A particular emphasis of the programme is the development of transferable practical skills required of all law and business professionals – research, writing, problem solving and advocacy.  These skills are frontloaded in first year, and developed through a mandatory moot court module in second year, and a mentored research project in final year.

Professional Legal Qualification:

Students who wish to qualify professionally as a solicitor will have completed all the modules required by the Law Society. Students who wish to qualify as a barrister will have the option of taking all the modules required by the Honourable Society of King’s Inns through the Legal Professions specialised stream. 



Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, another language, and any three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

None
Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades (2018)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

60

Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY250

Course code

Course Outline

Year 1

Law  Modules

Contract Law
Constitutional Law
Tort Law

Business  Modules

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Management Accounting

Skills Modules

Understanding the Law

Optional Modules           (10 credits)

Language

Legal French
Legal German
Spanish

Economics

Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics

Digital Business

Business Information Systems
Information Management for Business

Year 2

Law  Modules

Criminal Law
European Union Law
Company Law

Skills Modules

Mooting

Optional Modules           (25 credits)

Language

Legal French
Legal German
Spanish

Accountancy      

Management Accounting
Business Finance I
International Financial Reporting I

Economics

Applied Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics and the Business Environment for Business

Digital Business

Business Information Systems
Cyber Security

Management

Management
Employment Relations

Year 3

Study Abroad  OR  Professional Work Placement      

Year 4

Law  Modules

Land Law
Equity Law
Legal Business & Ethics
Commercial Law

Skills Modules

Guided Research Essay

Specialist Stream (Select 25 ECTs)

Stream 1 – The Legal Professions         

Administrative Law I       
Jurisprudence    
Evidence           
English Land Law

Stream 2 – Accounting  

Taxation I
Management II
Management Accounting III      
International Financial Reporting III         
International Financial Reporting II         

Stream 3 – Economics   

The obligatory modules for this stream are:           

Microeconomics and Public Policy         
Macroeconomics and Public Policy        

Additional Economics modules in this stream may be taken from the following list of options on offer:      

Econometrics
Health Economics          
Money & Banking
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 
Development Economics
Economics and Philosophy      
International Economics 
Economics of Financial Markets 
Public Economics          
Marine Economics          

Stream 4 – Digital Business & Analytics

Database Technologies 
Decision Modelling and Analytics
Business Intelligence & Analytics
Implementing Digital Innovation 
Advanced Research Topics in Information Systems         

Stream 5 – Management            

Labour Law      
Human Resource Management    
Work in a Global Context          
Business Strategy

Stream 6 – Language     

One of the following language modules are compulsory within this stream

Legal French      
Legal German    
Spanish  

Students will choose from Law & Business modules available to meet the 60 credits (ECTS) requirement per year  

Stream 7 – General

Students can choose from a variety of available modules to meet the 60 credits (ECTS) requirement per year.    

All optional modules may not be available each year. Modules are subject to staff availability and sufficient demand.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 3 (60 Credits)

Optional LW225: Land Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW301: Criminal Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW337: Administrative Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW263: Equity I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW513: Evidence I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW212: Labour Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW3104: Applied Legal Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW379: Legal & Business Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW339: Independent Research - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MK204: Marketing Principles - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW333: Comparative Competition Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW357: Environmental Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW371: Alternative Dispute Resolution - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW383: Information Technology Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW226: Land Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW304: Criminal Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW265: Equity II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW514: Evidence II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW3119: Jurisprudence - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW216: Labour Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW3105: Medical Device Law and Regulation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW419: Health and Safety Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW422: Administrative Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MG325: Employment Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK203: Buyer Behaviour Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW326: Comparative Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW358: Environmental Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW364: International Trade Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6

Year 4 (60 Credits)

Optional LW225: Land Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW301: Criminal Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW337: Administrative Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW263: Equity I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW513: Evidence I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW212: Labour Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW3104: Applied Legal Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW379: Legal & Business Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW339: Independent Research - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AY207: Management Accounting I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional EC2100: Applied Microeconomics for Business - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional MK204: Marketing Principles - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW333: Comparative Competition Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW371: Alternative Dispute Resolution - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW383: Information Technology Law - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW357: Environmental Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional GR317: Legal German - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional IT334: Italian Language - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW226: Land Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW304: Criminal Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW265: Equity II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW514: Evidence II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW3119: Jurisprudence - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW216: Labour Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW3105: Medical Device Law and Regulation - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW419: Health and Safety Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW422: Administrative Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AY208: Business Finance I - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional EC2101: Macroeconomics and the Business Environment - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG3102: Work in a Global Context - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MG325: Employment Relations - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK203: Buyer Behaviour Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional MK303: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW364: International Trade Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW358: Environmental Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional LW326: Comparative Law - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SH325: Spanish Language III (Law) - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional LW380: Legal French II - 10 Credits - Semester 8

Further Education

Students who complete the Bachelor of Law and Business will be well-positioned for legal professional practice courses at the Law Society of Ireland (solicitor) and the Kings Inns (barrister).

Study will also be eligible to qualify to practice law in certain US states, including New York (provided they the Bar Exam) and in England and Wales.

The School of Law offers a range of masters degrees in law (LLMs) for students who wish to enrich their legal education. These include: (i) LLM (General); (ii) LLM in International and Comparative Business Law; (iii) LLM in Public Law; and (iv) LLM in Comparative Disability Law and Policy.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights also offers a range of masters degrees in human rights: (i) LLM in International Human Rights, (ii) LLM in International Criminal Law, (iii) LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy, and (iv) LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict

Graduates who have taken the commercial specialisms will be able to seek exemptions from qualifications offered by commercial professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Accountants.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Law and Business programme will have a variety of career paths open to them in law or business, depending on how they customise their degree to suit their fields of interest.

All graduates will be well equipped to work in a corporate legal environment.  Graduates of this degree will be ready to sit the professional entrance for the Law Society (solicitor). Graduates who have elected to complete the Legal Professions specialist stream will be ready to sit the professional entrance examinations for the Honourable Society of King’s Inns (barrister).

Graduates who have taken the commercial specialisms will be able to seek exemptions from qualifications offered by commercial professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Accountants.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Every student is given the opportunity of work placement or study abroad. 

Work placement in a leading law firm, a corporate firm or a public sector organisation exposes students to application of the law which will supplement their academic legal education with practical exposure. 

Study abroad at partner institutions around the world provides students with experience of a legal education in an international setting and a different perspective on the law.

Study Abroad

At the end of second year, interested students may opt to join the Bachelor of Law and Business International programme, which involves spending third year at a university in either mainland Europe or other countries such as Canada, Australia or China. These students would then return to complete their degree programme in Galway in fourth year.  More information on these opportunities is on our International Study page.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,817 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€3,593 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Ms Deirdre Callanan deirdre.callanan@nuigalway.ie 

What Our Students Say

Niamh

Niamh Gallagher |   B Corp Law (now Bachelor of Law & Business)

I was interested in the areas of law that focused on world business, markets and commerce. The Bachelor of Corporate Law (now known as Law & Business) offered me the unique opportunity to study a combination of a language, business and law. It gave me the ability to tailor my degree to fit my areas of interest through the wide range of module choice. Throughout the course, there is a focus on independent, creative and critical thinking. Graduates have the advantage of understanding how the law interacts with the world around us in a business context. I would encourage students to make the most of NUI Galway and the amazing city of Galway.

What Our Students Say

Louis

Louis Coleman |   B Corp Law (now Bachelor of Law & Business)

The Bachelor of Corporate Law integrated two areas of study that were of strong interest to me,law and business. The lecturers were excellent at encouraging engagement and were very approachable. Through the School of Law connections with high profile internship opportunities, I completed an internship with the Office of the Irish Attorney General. This experience is invaluable for the working world.