LLB (Hons)

Business Law

LLB-Business Law-100%
  • UCAS code(s): M221
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This is a Qualifying Law Degree with specialist Business Law modules designed to give you sound legal and commercial awareness.

This degree allows you to study specialist Business Law modules and also incorporates a good deal of flexibility and choice. In Year Two you can choose between two different pathways which enable you to either take year-long specialist modules or combine half-year modules with the chance to study abroad, take a work placement, clinical legal education or further Business modules. In the final year you will choose five modules that reflect your interests from a wide range of options. You will also undertake the Path to Professional Practice or an Independent Business Law Research project as your core module.

Why choose this course?

  • It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
  • You will gain specialist expertise in Business Law.
  • You will have the opportunity to study abroad and take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
  • You can gain a Certificate in Professional Practice by undertaking mini-placements during vacations.
  • You will  have the opportunity to undertake a business practice placement or clinical legal education.
  • You will benefit from our renowned expertise in mooting. You will take a mooting module and can get involved in international and national mooting competitions for which we have a winning track record.
  • You can join our thriving Law Society, LEX, and get involved with a range of sporting, social and networking activities.
  • You will learn in outstanding facilities, including a suite of authentic mock courtrooms and mooting rooms.
  • Upon graduation you can apply for entry to our Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course which is the next stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.
  • 100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).
  • *100% of our undergraduate law students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2017).

What you'll study

This course will develop your legal skills and your awareness of the commercial and legal environment in which today’s business organisations operate. On Pathway One you’ll study legal modules with a business focus over the course of the year.

On Pathway Two you’ll spend the first half of the year studying core legal modules and then in the second half of the year you can choose either studying abroad, undertaking a business practice placement, working in our in-house Legal Advice Centre, or develop your commercial awareness further with business modules designed by Nottingham Trent University’s renowned Business School.

In your final year you can tailor your degree with a number of Business Law option modules and / or Business option modules designed by the Business School.

  • Year One

    Core Modules

    Law of Contract and Problem Solving

    This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the law of contract covering a range of topics including underlying theories, terms, remedies and problem solving to develop your ability to apply the law and solve legal problems.

    Law of Torts and Case Analysis

    The Law of Torts and case analysis module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of The Law of Torts and develop your ability to derive relevant legal reasoning from case law and to assess the merits of such legal reasoning. The module covers negligence, liability, nominate torts and case analysis skills.

    Legal and Business Structures

    This module will introduce you to legal materials, legal techniques, legal context and legal thought and to introduce you to individual and corporate legal personality and related legal business structures. Exploring a range of topics including sources of law and the structure and jurisdiction of the courts.

    Public Law and Human Rights

    This module develops your understanding of constitutional law with particular reference to the main institutions of the state. You will explore the power relationship between the individual and the state and the legal protection of the liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK. You will also develop your understanding of the law and practice of Judicial Review.

    European Union Law with Group Presentation Skills

    This module will provide you with an international perspective combining commercial, political and social elements within a core legal context, whilst developing your knowledge and understanding of European Union law. As well as your ability to apply the law and to solve legal problems, you will also practise and develop team-working and communication skills.

  • Year Two – Pathway One

    Core modules (full year)

    Criminal Law with Mooting

    To provide you with the opportunity to develop analytical, evaluative and application skills in the context of the criminal law, in particular through the development and practice of mooting skills, and to enhance your employability. In order to achieve this the module covers a range of topics including: general defences, theft and fraud and mooting.

    Land Law and Professional Advice

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of property law with an emphasis upon real property. To develop your ability to apply rules in order to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership. In order to achieve the above outcomes this module explores a range of topics including the nature of land, estates and interest in land and the concept of the trust.

    Law of Trusts and Applied Legal Analysis

    This module helps to enable you to acquire high-level knowledge and understanding of the Law of Trusts, developing your ability to examine decided cases in detail. The module covers a range of topics including classification of property, generation of property and management of properties.

    Commercial Law and Negotiation

    To enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of commercial law within a practical and business context, developing your ability to apply the law and to solve contemporary legal problems. This is achieved by covering a range of topics including the transfer of property and risk, title conflicts and agency and authority.

    Business Employment Law

    To provide the opportunity for you to gain knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of employment law and the context within which they operate; exploring topics such as collective employment law and individual employment law.

  • Year Two – Pathway Two

    Core modules (half year)

    There is a competitive selection process for this pathway.

    Criminal Law

    To enable you to develop a depth of knowledge and understanding of the criminal law. The module will provide an introduction to criminal liability and classifications of criminal offences whilst also providing you with the opportunity to develop analytical, evaluative and application skills in the context of the criminal law.

    Land Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of property law with an emphasis upon real property. The module will cover a range of topics including nature of land, estates and interests and adverse procession of land. This module will develop your ability to apply rules in order to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership.

    Law of Trusts

    This module helps to enable you to acquire high-level knowledge and understanding of the Law of Trusts, developing your ability to examine decided cases in detail. The module covers a range of topics including classification of property, generation of property and management of properties.

    Optional module (half year)

    Choose one module from the following options.

    International Study

    The module content will be dependent upon the choice of modules selected at the relevant overseas partner institution of Nottingham Law School. Whilst such modules will normally be law related, they may also include international or business focused modules in order to enable you to develop an understanding and appreciation of the relevant international and / or business context of law and legal practice.

    Professional Work Placement

    Gain practical work experience, spending between one and three days a week in a professional work environment for a total of ten weeks.

    Clinical Legal Education

    Gain client-focused professional skills required for work in the Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre. Through a series of contract and / or tort-based case scenarios you will develop key transferable skills in client-interviewing, legal writing, negotiation and legal research.

    Business Modules

    You can choose three business modules from the following options.

    Digital Entrepreneurship

    Uses both a critical and practical perspective to examine the process of developing a digital business, with Internet technologies, smart and mobile phones, and their applications.

    International Business and Communication

    Provides an overview of the means of conducting business in the global context, examining the political and economic factors underpinning business in practice, with an emphasis on what makes international business operations different from domestic business operations.

    Exploring Strategy and Innovation

    Gain an understanding of business development and strategy with particular reference to processes of strategic management, innovation, and business development in the global context.

    Financial Markets, Institutions and Services

    Develop your ability to understand the financial accounts of firms and the economic functions provided by the financial system by using economics to analyse their activity.

  • Final year

    Core Modules

    You will undertake the Path to Professional Practice or an Independent Legal Research Project as your core module. You may take both Path to Professional Practice and the Independent Legal Research Project (which is also available as an option module) if you wish.

    Path to Professional Practice

    Develop key transferable skills in preparation for professional practice. You will hone your client-interviewing, legal writing, drafting and negotiation skills through a series of case scenarios and related case materials.

    Independent Legal Research Project

    You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen Business Law subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in your chosen area.

    Optional modules

    Choose five modules from the following.

    Company Law

    Acquire high-level knowledge of Company Law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights and the dissolution of companies.

    Commercial Law*

    Enhance your understanding of Commercial Law within a practical and business context.

    Employment Law*

    Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve Employment Law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

    Independent Legal Research Project

    Plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in your chosen area.

    Intellectual Property Law

    An introduction to Intellectual Property Law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

    International Commercial Insurance Law

    Study the contractual, commercial and regulatory environment of the insurance market in the UK and the EEA.

    International Competition Law

    Explore the differing approaches to International Competition Law and the key institutions and initiatives. You will develop your knowledge of the role of economic theory and consider future developments.

    International Trade Law

    Provides the professional skills required in a modern commercial environment. You will learn about the international sale and carriage of goods and the application of principles to solve international trade disputes.

    Mooting

    Develop a range of advocacy techniques through the medium of Mooting. This module covers a range of topics including written pleadings, courtroom etiquette and the skills of oral advocacy.

    Sports Law

    Acquire knowledge of the law pertaining to the regulation of sporting activity and an appreciation of the impact of globalisation on sports law.

    * You can only choose these modules if you have not taken them in Year Two.

    Plus a choice from the following business modules:

    Comparative and International Management

    The influence of culture on management and managing has become increasingly relevant in a world characterised by global activity. This module addresses the problems that arise from these matters, and the solutions that are needed.

    Corporate Governance and Fraud Risk

    Focusing on current recommendations in the field of corporate governance in the UK, this module highlights the importance of control and risk management when implementing strong governance measures, and evaluates the dilemmas faced by those entrusted with these responsibilities.

    Investment and Portfolio Management

    Examines the appropriate theory and allows you to put it into practice by constructing and running a portfolio of equities.

Gain commercial awareness with Business Law modules.

How you’re taught


Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and linked seminars that provide you with the opportunity to enhance your understanding through further reading and debate. You will also make use of eLearning activities and will focus on project work and the application of your legal knowledge as the course progresses.

All our LLB courses operate within a common framework. This not only ensures consistently high standards but also means that should your circumstances change then we are normally able to facilitate a change in your programme and study mode. You should discuss any request to change course with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a diverse range of methods that reflect the skills required. You will take part in:

  • oral presentations
  • mooting exercises
  • case analysis
  • research projects
  • group projects
  • problem-solving assignments
  • both seen and unseen examinations.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Learn from the experts

The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified and experienced solicitors or barristers and are experts within their research fields, ensuring that you will be taught with a real-life context and a focus upon practical relevance and impact.

Our staff have won a number of awards including:

  • Matthew Homewood who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.
  • Melanie King and Edward Mosley, members of the Law School Employability Team who were nominated by students for the Outstanding Teaching 2016 – Student Support Award. Edward Mosley went on to win the award.
  • Senior Lecturer and Pro Bono Director Nick Johnson who also won an Outstanding Teaching Award, voted for by students in recognition of his teaching and support for volunteer projects in the Law School.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 Coursework 17%, Written 66%, Practical 17%
  • Year 2 Coursework 10%, Written 67%, Practical 23%
  • Year 3 Coursework 76%, Written 17%, Practical 7%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 Lectures/Seminars/Workshop 21%, Independent Study 79%
  • Year 2 Lectures/Seminars/Workshop 21%, Independent Study 79%
  • Year 3 Lectures/Seminars/Workshop 24%, Independent Study 76%

Opportunity to spend half a year on work placement or studying abroad.

Careers and employability

Your career development

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

If you complete your LLB with us and gain a 2.2 or above we will guarantee you a place on our excellent LLM Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors. If you are interested in a career as a barrister there is also the opportunity to progress on to our highly-regarded LLM Bar Professional Training Course.

A Law degree doesn't just have to lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister however. On this LLB course you will gain a host of transferable skills including commercial awareness and an appreciation of the law that many employers will value, both in the UK and overseas. In the last few years our graduates have gone on to positions including:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • in-house counsel
  • trade mark attorney
  • trade union consultant
  • freedom of information adviser
  • human resources officer
  • investment banker
  • auditor.

Excellent placement opportunities

Your work experience associated with this course will be a valuable addition to your CV in today's competitive employment market. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd.

On this degree, selected students undertaking pathway two in Year Two will have the opportunity to gain practical experience on a half-year legal work placement or get involved with clinical legal education.

We encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience during the vacations. This is because if you undertake at least ten weeks' relevant work experience this will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice. Your qualification will demonstrate that you have developed:

  • practical skills
  • work-based competencies.

You will be responsible for organising your own placements with the support of the University. You will receive an introduction to the certificate and advice on securing placements in the first year.

You can also work towards the University's Acceler8 Employability Award which has been designed to provide formal recognition for everything you achieve outside of your studies.

100% of our students on this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

Further information on facilities

Ask us about pro bono opportunities for students at our Legal Advice Centre.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4262

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Students have the opportunity to practise pro bono in the Legal Advice Centre, our onsite teaching law firm.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE Maths or Science and English grade C / 4.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work it out.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE Maths or Science and English grade C / 4.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work it out.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation course page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

We've created application guidance pages to help you with the applying process. If you find yourself struggling at all, try these pages and hopefully you'll find the answers you're looking for.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! For hints and tips on what to write, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. You may need a visa to study here, so you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to NTU, please visit our how to apply page. Here you will be able to find information on applying for a visa.

Struggling to write your personal statement? We have prepared a helpful guide for this too.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?

Contact our NTU Admissions Team.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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The Apply button at the top of this page will take you through to the UCAS website.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Further information on fees and funding

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

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Still need help?

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