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MN11 Law and Business Studies (Full-Time)

Why study Law at Warwick?

What will I learn?

This joint degree will give you an advanced understanding of the business world, alongside a solid grounding in legal studies. It is delivered by Warwick Law School, one of the UK’s most prestigious law schools, and Warwick Business School (WBS), a globally renowned business school.

In addition to subject-specific content, you will also explore the overlap between the two disciplines, for example in the areas of business organisation, finance and market regulation. The course provides a solid foundation for a career in either discipline, along with advanced writing, communication, research and presentation skills. You may opt for a three-year degree or you can take a wider range of Law and Business modules over four years. In order to obtain a qualifying law degree, you must choose the four-year course, but you do not need to make this decision until the spring term of your second year, allowing you flexibility to explore where your academic interests and career aspirations lie.

In your first three years, you will study a range of core modules from both Schools. Core modules include Markets, Marketing and Strategy, Modern English Legal System, an integrated Business Planning project, and a jointly taught International Business Environment module. You can also choose from a variety of options from within Business and Law. If you choose the four-year course, you may take four or five full Law and/or Business modules in any combination.

A level A level AAB plus GCSE Mathematics grade A

International Baccalaureate 36 points overall

Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page. We do not require applicants to have passed the LNAT.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units and grade A in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. Substantial study of Law is highly recommended.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking General Studies/Critical Thinking – normally excluded from offers

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Departmental Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day, normally held on a Wednesday in late February, mid-March and early May. Click here for more information about visiting us.

How will I learn?

Each module usually has two lectures per week, plus regular seminars which offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff also have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside the seminar setting. We employ a range of innovative eaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations.

Our contextual approach to law means that we ask for consistent work and for your full commitment throughout the course. In return, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.

How will I be assessed?

We offer a variety of assessment methods, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You can also choose to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.

Can I study abroad?

Our LLB with Study Abroad in English and LLB European Law courses have an integral year abroad, in which you will study approved law modules at one of our partner universities.

All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Course Regulations

Scheme of Study

Three or Four years full-time study leading to the degree of:

  • BA (Honours) or
  • BA (Pass) or
  • BA (Honours) (QD) - Qualifying Degree status (QD) indicates professional recognition
Module Options

This joint degree aims to give students a firm grounding in the disciplines of law and business studies and to develop a critical understanding of both the legal framework of business activity and the economic and commercial context in which law operates. Particular emphasis will be laid upon the many areas of overlapping interest between the two disciplines, for example, the structure of companies and other forms of business organisation, competition law and regulation of markets, consumer law, finance and financial markets, taxation, and international perspectives on law and business. The degree will involve some modules taught jointly by staff from the Business and Law Schools. A Fourth Year enables students to take a wider variety of options, including a foreign language. In order to obtain part exemption from the qualifying examinations of the solicitors, barristers or accountancy professions, students will be required to complete the four year version of the degree and to choose and pass the appropriate options.

Please note that for Law and Business Studies to be a qualifying law degree, students must study for all four years.

Year One (Three and Four Year Degrees)

Module 1: (Core) LA115 Modern English Legal System

Module 2: (Core) LA124 Tort Law

Module 3: (Core) IB115 Business Planning - Integrative Project

Module 4: (Core) IB117 Markets, Marketing and Strategy

Module 5 to 8: (Options) any four taken from: Management, Organisation and Society 1 and 2; Quantitative Analysis for Management 1 and 2; Introduction to Financial Accounting; Foundations of Financial Management; Economics for Business; Operations Management.

Year Two

Module 1: (Core): Critical Issues in Law and Management (joint Law/ WBS module)

Module 2: (Core): LA243 Contract Law

Module 3: (Core) LA240 Foundations of European Union Law

Modules 4 - 7: (Options) Modules chosen from a list of around 30 offered by the Business School and the Law School, including 36 CATS of Business School modules.

Year Three

Module 1: (Core) LA230 Law and the International Business Environment (joint Law/ WBS module)

Module 2: (Core) LA310 Law of Business Organisations

Modules 3-6: (Options) Modules offered by either School, including at least one Business School module.

Students who wish to follow the Qualifying Degree (QD) route to complete the academic stage of legal professional training must take the module LA103 Introduction to the Law of Property Relations in Year Three.

Year Four

In Year Four students may take modules in any combination from the Law School or the Business School.

Students who wish to follow the QD route must take the following modules in Year Four:

LA307 Law of Trusts

LA104 Criminal Law

LA201 General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law

NB Applicants are strongly advised to inform their Local Authorities or other grant or fee paying bodies that the course may be for four years. The final choice between the three and four year programmes can be made up to the end of Spring Term in Year Two.

Examination Scheme

Most modules are examined by a combination of invigilated examination and course work. A small number of modules are assessed solely by coursework. In some modules the proportion of work assessed by examination is fixed, but in others candidates may choose, subject to the overall limit on assessment, different proportions of assessed work. Where the proportion of examined work is variable, the length of the invigilated examination usually varies accordingly.

Up to 55% of a candidate's work may be examined by assessment. Any candidate who wishes to exceed this limit must apply to the School of Law for special consideration. If the School approves the application it will be submitted for consideration by the Examinations Committee of the Senate.

Many invigilated examinations are preceded by 15 minutes reading time. Some examinations also provide material for students' use (statutes, treaties, cases, etc.).

Year Weightings
Four Year Course
  • First Year 0% - 120 CATS
  • Second Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
  • Third Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
  • Fourth Year 33.3% - 120 CATS
Three Year Course
  • First Year 0% - 120 CATS
  • Second Year 50% - 120 CATS
  • Third Year 50% - 120 CATS
  • This degree is delivered by Warwick Law School, one of the UK's most prestigious law schools, and Warwick Business School (WBS), a globally renowned business school.
  • Warwick School of Law is one of the leading law schools in the world, ranked in the top 100 globally in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016 and renowned for its high-quality teaching and research.
  • We pioneered – and continue to apply – a unique approach to the study of law: one that is contextual, comparative and international. Our approach provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to become solicitors or barristers, examining the impact of economic, cultural and political change on the law, as well as exploring the critical role the law can play in improving social and economic conditions in modern societies.
  • WBS was ranked first in the UK for Acounting and Finance and second for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University Guide 2016.
  • The school's 35,000+ graduates provide an active alumni network which offers valuable career and networking opportunities. The WBS LinkedIn Group is the largest online business school community in Europe, a place for all alumni, staff and students to share ideas and interact. Their new £30 million extension brings all undergraduate and postgraduate students together in one vibrant, integrated hub.
Professor Paul Raffield
School of Law
Matt Esan
3rd year undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Entry Requirements
AAB plus A in GCSE Maths
IB: 36 points overall
Mode of Study
4 Years