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Law and Business Studies (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

LAW AND BUSINESS STUDIES (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This joint degree will give you an advanced understanding of the business world, alongside a solid grounding in legal studies


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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 four-year degree. 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. These include Foundations Skills and debates, Tort Law, Modern English Legal System and a jointly taught International Business Environment module. You can also choose from a variety of options from within Business and Law.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Law website.

Many of our modules are delivered by a combination of lectures and seminars. The lectures will introduce you to a particular topic and then you will spend time reading around the topic in preparation for seminar discussion.

We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations. Research training, personal development and professional development are embedded in your degree. 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.

Contact hours

Typically each module has two hours of 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 have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside of your seminars.

Class size

Typically in lectures, depending on the options chosen, class sizes are between 10-300 students. Core module lectures consist of approximately 280 students. There are approximately 16 students per seminar.

Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally be expected to write essays and/or sit a two to three hour examination in your modules. As well as essays and exams, we offer a variety of other assessment methods such as group presentations and reflective diaries, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You will also write formative essays for which you will receive detailed feedback in preparation for your final module assessments.

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 Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

The Law School has its own dedicated careers consultant who provides tailored workshops and careers guidance support for all our law students including those considering a career in other fields. You will receive support with developing your career plans, researching jobs and postgraduate study and with all aspects of the application process.

Every year there is an autumn law recruitment fair, which is attended by over 60 law firms which want to recruit Warwick students. A further recruitment fair takes place during the summer offering finalists the chance to meet firms looking for immediate recruits.

Throughout the year many law firms visit Warwick to run presentations and engage with our students. As you would expect, the global elite and US firms are well represented on campus and over the last year we have also invited a variety of smaller firms, in-house lawyers and the Government Legal Service to meet our students. Past visitors have included:

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Brethertons

Clifford Chance

CMS

Herbert Smith Freehills

Jones Day

Linklaters

Norton Rose Fulbright

Slaughter & May

Wright Hassall

Barristers also visit campus and help with mooting (mock trials) negotiating and debating. You will have many opportunities to build contacts within the profession during your studies.

Law is an excellent foundation for careers generally as it will help you to develop your analytical, organisational and effective research skills. If you do not wish to pursue a career in the legal profession, there will be plenty of alternative professions for you to choose from. The Law School and Student Careers & Skills arrange for other employers outside of the law profession to visit the campus and offer one to one support to help you decide which career is right for you.

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A level: AAB, in addition you will need Grade A / 7 in GCSE Maths (or equivalent)

  • IB: 36 points

  • (These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking)

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of ABB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. 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 website.
  • We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • 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.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

  • 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.
Year 1
Introduction to Legal Theory

You will engage with fundamental questions about the nature of law, order, and justice. You will consider the impact of political, moral and social theories on ways of thinking about law. You will think, in depth, about the underlying principles of the legal system by studying questions such as the nature of rights, the permissibility of punishment, and the nature of legal obligations. You will have opportunities to develop your research, argumentation, and advocacy skills through class discussion and written engagement with central issues in legal philosophy.


Tort Law*

You will examine the law of civil liability for wrongfully inflicted damage or injury: the law of tort. We emphasise the processes and techniques involved in judicial (as opposed to legislative or administrative) law-making; the relevance and responsiveness of doctrines thus developed to society’s actual problems; and the policies and philosophies underlying the rules. As well as acquiring knowledge of the application of these technical areas of law, you will develop skills of legal reasoning and critical judgement, with particular reference to insurance, loss spreading, developing medical knowledge, professional standards and consumer protection. Work is undertaken independently and in debate and collaboration with your peers.


Integrative Project: Business Planning

You will develop a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities that new businesses bring, working in team settings typical of a variety of business contexts to help you understand team dynamics. You will undertake practical tasks, such as formulating and implementing a business plan, in order to apply your knowledge in marketing, finance, strategy, operations and law and develop your understanding of different forms of business organisation and their benefits and drawbacks. There are opportunities for self-directed learning, not least through developing your ability to reflect on the entrepreneurial process and its challenges, and through independent research.


Markets, Marketing and Strategy

How did the corporation come into existence, and did how consumers and competition became key priorities for strategic decision makers? This module will build your comprehension of today's marketing and strategy disciplines, and see you demonstrate an informed position on important and controversial issues in the theories of marketing and strategy, with the ability to challenge conventional thinking. You will deepen your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and demonstrate written and oral communication skills, presentational skills, and cooperative and teamworking skills.


Year 2
Critical Issues in Law and Management

You will learn to analyse and critique important issues in law and management, and demonstrate advanced skills in analysing unstructured problems and real-life case studies. In both individual and group settings, you will develop your skills of critical thinking and be able to confront and evaluate competing and conflicting interests, while recognising fundamental ethical dilemmas in the law and business environment. Working independently, you will demonstrate advanced research skills and techniques. There will also be a focus on teamwork, enabling you to apply your diverse skills to practical problems in collaboration with others.


Contract Law

On this module, you will learn to understand and explain the fundamental principles of contract law, one of the building blocks of the common law and which underlies commercial and consumer law. Using a primarily case-law approach, you will have opportunities to study the relationship between case law and statute and to tackle specific problem-solving tasks that will help you develop both your theoretical knowledge, including your understanding of the social context and function of the courts, and your legal writing skills.

Year 3
Law and the International Business Environment

Co-taught by Warwick Law School and Warwick Business School, during this module you will gain a solid understanding of the legal and economic issues relating to global business operations. An important part of your work will be developing independent research, analytical and presentational skills and gaining the ability to integrate different fields of knowledge in your analysis of legal and business issues. On completion, you should be able to apply legal rules relating to global businesses, and demonstrate knowledge of the impact of multinational business operations on employees, customers, communities and the environment. Both teamwork and independent study are required.


Law of Business Organisations

You will study the formation, structure, regulation and dissolution of incorporated companies as a means of understanding the principles of UK company law and the key policy issues facing lawyers, practitioners and theorists in light of The Companies Act 2006. You will examine the historical precedents and political implications of company law, and the repercussions of dispersed share ownership through your study of agency theory. You will apply rigorously specific statutory provisions and identify the range of judicial approaches to company law disputes, including in cases of legal uncertainty, through use of self-identified sources. As well as working in a seminar environment as part of a team, you will conduct unsupervised work to strengthen your independent study skills.


Introduction to the Law of Property Relations

On this module, you will focus on the role of law in relation to the ownership, use and development of land. Starting with the basic principles of English land law, you will learn to apply these to hypothetical cases, and analyse, evaluate and critique individual cases and statutory provisions using a series of linked materials on a discrete topic. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will also acquire research skills and be able to speak and write about property law accurately and using appropriate terminology.


Year 4
Law of Trusts

You will study the law of trusts in a variety of areas, from traditional contexts to their modern operation in commercial contexts. In addition to the private law of trusts you will study the law governing the recognition and regulation of charitable (public) trusts. You will also employ critical, contextual and comparative methods to appreciate the nature and operation of trusts law across the full range of contexts in which they operate. Working as an independent researcher, you will apply your knowledge to legal problems and present your evaluation both orally and in writing. You will work also collaboratively on class-based tasks in order to demonstrate your time-management and teamwork skills.


Criminal Law*

You will develop an understanding of the general principles of criminal law and its operation within society, coupled with an awareness of the social and political forces that influence the scope of the law and its enforcement. You will encounter basic concepts of the structure of English Criminal Law, and some knowledge of procedures, theories, and historical and political contexts, so as to understand and debate legal arguments and policy. In your studies, you will be expected to assess and present arguments for and against in open debate and also work collaboratively with your peers on specific tasks.


General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law*

All of us are involved in one way or another with government and administration in this country, seeking to exercise certain rights. You will learn about the principles of British public law, both constitutional and administrative, the role of Parliament and courts and many aspects of power at different levels. The emphasis will be on your ability to describe and assess the main elements of public law, drawing on a variety of evidence, and to explain and discuss the ways in which the system of government in the UK is changing and fragmenting, with particular reference to the Human Rights Act 1998, and the status, effect and primacy of European law and arrangements for Brexit.


* Module required for a qualifying degree.

In your first three years, you will study a range of core modules from both Schools. These include Foundations Skills and debates, Tort Law, Modern English Legal System and a jointly taught International Business Environment module. You can also choose from a variety of options from within Business and Law.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Law website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
  • 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

Students from Warwick Law School have a good record of obtaining employment in a broad range of fields. Many choose to progress to legal professional careers as solicitors or at the Bar.

What if you don’t want to enter the legal profession?

Law is an excellent foundation for careers generally. The study develops analytical skills, the ability to carry out effective research, and hones organisation skills. Over the last few years our law students have chosen to enter careers as diverse as journalism, consultancy, accountancy, retail management, the Civil Service, the Police Force, regulation, banking, charities and international organisations. Others have opted to continue their studies at Masters level.

The Law School has invested significantly in careers support for our students and now has a designated careers advisor for
the School. He or she offers support in terms of group training sessions, guidance sessions and application advice.

Example destinations of recent graduates include:

Aldi, Coventry Telegraph, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Bank of England, Morrison’s, Deloitte, Freshfields, PwC, Metropolitan Police, Allen & Overy, Cancer Research, Limehouse Consulting and Strategy, Herbert Smith Freehills, Council of Europe.

A level

AAB, in addition you will need Grade A in GCSE Maths (or equivalent)

IB

36 points

UCAS Code
MN11

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Duration
3 or 4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.