University of Brighton

Law with Business

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    With placement year 4 years

    UCAS code M1NC

    Professional accreditation

    This degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It is a Qualifying Law Degree which means that all graduates will have completed the academic stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

    About the course

    This course provides a detailed understanding of the legal framework within which businesses operate. It is equally suitable whether you are planning a career in the legal profession or in a business environment requiring legal knowledge.

    The syllabus combines the study of 'foundation' law subjects with relevant business law modules and other modules in key business areas, such as marketing, human resources and economics.

    Brighton Business School has strong links with the local legal profession. You will benefit from guest lectures by local practitioners and judges, as well as sponsorship and prize giving opportunities. Students are encouraged to complete vacation placements with solicitors' firms, mini pupillages with barristers' chambers and internships with other institutions. Many of our students now work for local firms.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    BBB (typically translates to 300 points in the UCAS tariff.) Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.


    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points, including 16 at Higher level.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 24 credits at merit or above. Units in accounting and finance, business, law or management required.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2. Relevant subjects required. HNC may also count towards direct entry.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The course is delivered through seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials. A wide range of legal resources are available online 24-hours a day though the University's virtual learning environment. Assessment is through coursework assignments and exams.

    You will have the opportunity to undertake a paid work placement during year 3. Placements significantly add to your CV and many students return to university for their final year with firm job offers. Placement organisations include the Home Office, House of Lords, Acumen Business Law, Alfred James & Co Solicitors, Devonshires Solicitors and Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.

    The Mooting module will help develop your advocacy skills in a mock courtroom. You will also have the opportunity to take part in national mooting competitions.

    Areas of study

    The course combines the study of 'foundation' law subjects with relevant business law modules and other modules in key business areas, such as marketing, IT, human resources and economics.

    Students will also learn practical business skills such as project management, report writing, time management, presenting, budgeting and team working.


    Year 1
    - Law in Action
    - Public Law
    - Tort Law
    - Business Planning
    - Global Business Environment

    Year 2
    - Business Development
    - Law in Practice: Moot
    - Contract Law
    - EU Law
    - Criminal Law

    Optional placement year

    Final year
    - Equity and Trusts
    - Land Law
    - Legal Research Project
    Options include:
    - Succession Law
    - Intellectual Property Law
    - Family Law
    - Commercial Law
    - Employment Law
    - Company Law
    - Ethics and Accountability
    - Marketing Planning and Strategy
    - Corporate Governance
    - HR and Organisational Change
    - Entrepreneurship: New Business Planning

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification


  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    LLB(Hons) Law with Business  [J1EL001]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)11,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Staff profiles

    Law with Business

    Alison Bone, Course Leader

    Alison is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, a former staff governor and a member of the Academic Board and Academic Standards Committee.

    She is a member of the Advisory Panel of the UK Centre for Legal Education. She has researched and written on assessment and plagiarism and has run workshops for many university law schools on both topics.

    She originated the National Law Teacher of the Year Award and is a former chair and current committee member of the Association of Law Teachers.

    In 2012 Alison received an Outstanding Achievement award from the Association of Law Teachers. The award was presented by Professor Nigel Duncan of City University Law School, who observed that “Her research and writing on key issues in legal education has been without peer."

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    Lucy Jones, Principal Lecturer

    Lucy qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and practised in Local Government and private practise before joining the academic field in 1991. She has lectured and tutored at the University of Sussex and the Open University.

    Lucy has extensive experience in teaching and supervising students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her teaching and research interests include corporate crime, public law, human rights and business law.

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    Zoe Swan, Senior Law Lecturer

    Zoe is a member of the Inner Temple, an active member of the local Sussex Family Justice Council and a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

    She takes a keen interest in supporting students that wish to develop mooting skills and has the unofficial title, Mistress of the Moots.

    Zoe's commitment to providing students with constructive feedback and advice on how to improve was recognized in 2011 when she reached the finals of the Law Teacher Of The Year Award.

  • Student views

    Law with Business

    Lidia Danyi

    I thoroughly enjoyed Law with Business LLB at the University of Brighton. My course lasted four years, with the third year being spent on an industrial placement with IBM, which was a nice mix of both law and business-related topics. I saw this as a good opportunity to add to my CV and distinguish myself, as most law courses don’t offer the opportunity of a placement year. The university’s placements office was a great help in finding and applying for my placement.

    On top of this, I was lucky enough to complete six legal work experience schemes – everything from private law firms, the public sector, charities and even law reporting. I didn’t apply for a single one of these – the firms approached me due to the good grades I achieved each year on my course! So studying hard can open up a whole network of opportunities in law firms the university is in contact with.

    My most profound memory from university – one that will stay with me forever – is how the staff helped me when I was going through personal problems, which threatened to affect my studies. I was in my final year my tutor (and indeed the university’s counsellors) could not have been more helpful. They did everything in their power to help me work through my issues and ensure my studies didn’t suffer as a result. With the university’s help, I not only finished all of my subjects, but got a ‘first’ in every single one – a resounding success to what had been a difficult year.

    My degree from the University of Brighton has laid the foundations for what is set to be a successful professional life, and instilled a work ethic that translated positively into my future studies. I feel that my career is finally back on track and I can now take forward everything I learned.

    George Lyons

    I graduated from Brighton with a first class honours degree (LLB) in Law with Business in 2008. Following my degree, I undertook the LPC at the College of Law and an LLM in Financial Law and the Regulation of Financial Markets at the London School of Economics (LSE). I joined Clifford Chance (CC) as a trainee solicitor in February 2012.

    I enjoyed studying a wide range of legal subjects whilst at Brighton. The law department has experienced academic lectures (many of whom are qualified solicitors or barristers, accomplished academics or both) who deliver comprehensive and challenging courses. The course was assessed in a variety of ways, from traditional coursework and examination to assessed mooting (mock legal arguments in court) and presentations. I felt well prepared for further academic study at the LSE.

    The requirement to produce written coursework on a regular basis greatly improved my ability to analyse legal problems and produce clear, logical and well researched essays. The detailed feedback provided by the academic staff enabled me to further develop my writing skills which are vitally important in my role as a trainee solicitor.

    In an increasingly competitive graduate job market, having a first class degree from Brighton opened the door to interviews at a number of the UK’s top 20 law firms and offers of further study from leading universities around the world.

    More generally, Brighton is a fantastic city and with a wide range of social and sporting events. I would certainly highly recommend it as a place to study!

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    Stefanie Mehl

    Studying at Brighton has heralded a change in my life. It has sculpted me as a person, stimulated me intellectually, and has presented me with opportunities for both professional and self development.

    The university does a fantastic job of making lectures interesting and incorporating new ways of teaching. I didn't enjoy learning at secondary level, so I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy the lectures, the discussion, the debate and social rapport which occurs during the course.

    I thoroughly enjoyed our criminal law module this year where we were given a case and had to write and debate the legal issues. While most people enjoyed the mooting I found that it wasn't for me, however I'm glad the course offered it, as it made it clear to me that I didn't want to pursue a career as a barrister. Furthermore, I have found the guidance from some of the lectures to be very informative as it was drawn from their own experience in both the business and the legal world rather than presumptions.

    The mini-pupilage gave me an extraordinary insight into the criminal justice system. My own pre-conceived ideas were challenged, as I realised any presumption of innocence or guilt on my part was ill-founded. Going forward from this, I think the experience will benefit not only my professional development but also my personal development as it has taught me to ‘never judge a book by its cover’. It has taught me to appreciate the facts, presentation and weighting of the evidence as well as the multiplicity of complex factors that can impact a case. This will benefit my career regardless of what area of law or business I decide to pursue.

    I would like to add that a student will not find every aspect of the course enjoyable. However, there is definitely something for everyone. The options provided by the university will help you develop personally and professionally. This can help shed a spotlight on whether to pursue particular aspects of the course in your career. You are not restricted to studying just law or business.

    The Law with Business LLB course opens doors to the legal and business world, which is an advantage in today's challenging economic environment.

  • Career opportunities

    The combination of law and business gives you a wide choice of career opportunities - either in law, by continuing their training to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, or in a business area where a detailed knowledge of the law is helpful, such as in finance, administration, legal publishing, the civil service, human resource management, or running a legal practice.

    This course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It is a Qualifying Law Degree which means that on graduation you will have completed the academic stage of your legal training. You will be able to progress directly to the vocational stage of training: the Legal Practice Course for students wishing to become solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course for students wishing to become barristers.

    Your employability will be supported through the third-year work placement. Work placements significantly add to your CV and many students return to university for their final year with firm job offers.

    Recent graduates have been employed by local authorities, large retail firms, business consultancies, as well as private law firms.

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  • More...

    Why study at Brighton Business School?

    Graduate with experience, ready for your career. You will have the opportunity to apply for a paid work placement year. Work placements significantly add to your CV and many students return for their final year with firm job offers.

    Benefit from excellent teaching and learning support. We have 40 years' experience of running courses. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will help support and guide you through your first year.

    Enjoy 21st century facilities. You will have access to a range of online legal research services, such as Westlaw, Lawtel, Lexis Nexis Butterworths and HeinOnline. These online resources can be accessed whether on or off campus.

    Gain the knowledge and the skills that industry want. Our partners in industry and the professions contribute to course development and teaching.

    Be part of an institution that is innovative and relevant. The Research Assessment Exercise (2008) ranked us in the top 15 UK business schools in terms of world-leading research outputs.

    Live and study in an outstanding location. Brighton is a city with an extremely lively cultural and social life. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    More reasons to study at Bighton Business School

    Student Law Society

    A very active and vibrant Student Law Society has been established by Brighton law students, supported by the University's Student Union, with a membership of over 150 students.

    Educational events have included visits to Lewes Crown Court, Brighton magistrates court, the Houses of Parliament, and national law fairs. Social events have included: go-karting, surfing, themed social nights, a Christmas Ball at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, and a trip with law students from other universities, to Amsterdam.


    Student Mooting Society

    The objective of mooting competitions is to develop the research and advocacy skills of future practitioners. Students argue both sides of a fictitious legal case in a court room setting in front of a panel of judges.

    The Mooting Society has a fast growing membership of over 120 students. The Society provides workshops, guest speakers, socials, trips and competitions to help build members' confidence and adversarial skills that are increasingly essential in any career path in the legal sector.

    International students

    English law degrees are recognised as satisfying part of the academic requirements for professional practice in many countries throughout the world. This is because the English legal system of Common Law is the basis of many countries' legal systems. It should be noted, however, that the majority of these countries will require training in addition to the LLB in order to practise law. If you intend to practise overseas you should contact your local Legal Professional Body. 

    As an international student, you will be supported from the moment you start with us. This includes:
    - a free orientation programme
    - a free pickup from Heathrow or Gatwick airport
    - free English language tuition (throughout your first year)
    - guaranteed accommodation in your first year
    - a range of scholarships and bursaries
    - a team of support staff to assist you, including a personal tutor.

    More details on support for international students

    Your level of English

    The level of English you need depends on the course. The details are included in the course information, but for more general information read our information on English language requirements.

    However, we provide a number of ways to improve your English before you start your course, and free English language support you while you are studying.

    Meeting entry requirements

    We can help you meet our academic entry requirements if your qualifications are not the correct level to study at university in the UK. The preparation courses at the University of Brighton’s International College have been specially designed to help international students to progress to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at the university.

    More about our university preparation courses

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