Law and Business
LL.B. (Law and Business); 4 years full-time; 25 places; 570*
What is Law and Business?
The disciplines of business and law have been closely associated in both the public and private sector. In our global economy, businesses now deal with more complex issues concerning government regulations and international trade policies. Conversely, the law has had to grapple with constantly evolving commercial organisations and business practices. With the growth in the size of legal practices and the expansion of the work of the legal profession into areas of mergers, acquisitions and taxation, the work of legal graduates and business graduates has blended in many aspects.
This joint degree aims to give students a firm grounding in the disciplines of law and business and to develop a critical understanding of both the legal framework of business activity and the economic and commercial context in which law operates. Students will have the opportunity to focus 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, labour law, finance and financial markets, taxation, the protection of intellectual property and international perspectives on law and business.
Is this course right for you?
This course is aimed at individuals seeking a career defined by the application of legal principles and management practices. The programme will provide students with a firm grounding in law along with strong management skills; enabling students to choose from a wide range of career opportunities or further study.
Why study Law and Business at Trinity?
Both the Schools of Law and Business are recognised for their unique and innovative degree programmes and structures. Both schools enjoy a strong international profile, with excellent relationships with Irish and global organisations in both the private and public sectors. During the course, students will have the opportunity to study all of the core modules required by the legal professional bodies, ensuring, if you so wish, that you can seek entry into a legal career both at home and abroad. Trinity’s Law School and School of Business are in the world’s top 100 and 150 universities for their subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). See also TR004: Law
What will you study?
As a student on this programme, you will take both subjects equally for the first two years. In your final two years you will have the opportunity to concentrate on either subject, or continue with both. Teaching is by lectures and supplemented by seminars and tutorials (small group classes). Emphasis is on student contribution, particularly in seminars and tutorials. In the third and fourth year you will have the opportunity to choose from an extensive range of law and business modules. Innovative teaching and assessment methods are used throughout your four years, comprising amongst many, formal examinations, essays, projects, case notes, mooting; web-based assessment, blog contributions and a clinical legal placement module.
FIRST (JUNIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR
Law: Foundations of Law; Contract and Torts Law.
Business: Introduction to Organisation and Management; Introduction to Economic Policy; and either Mathematics and Statistics or a Language module (French, German, Russian or Polish).
SECOND (SENIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR
Law: Criminal Law; Constitutional Law I and Land law.
Business: Organisational Behaviour; Principles of Marketing; Introduction to Accounting; Introduction to Finance; Introduction to Operations Management and Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Action.
THIRD AND FOURTH (SOPHISTER) YEARS
Third year students must take two modules in both subjects. The remaining credits may be taken from either or both. In the fourth and final year students may choose to concentrate on one subject or continue with both. The following modules are typically on offer in these years:
Law: EU Law (compulsory in the Junior Sophister year); Advanced European Union Law; Advanced Evidence; Advocacy; Child Law; Clinical Legal Education; Collective Labour Law; Commercial Law; Company Law; Comparative Law; Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law; Corporate Governance; Corporate Insolvency Law; Criminology; Critical Perspectives on Law; Current Issues in the Legal Profession; Economic and Legal Aspects of Competition Policy; Employment Law; English Land Law; Environmental Law; Equality Law; European Human Rights; Evidence; Family Law; Food Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Family Law; International Human Rights Law; International Trade Law; Jurisprudence; Legal Philosophy; Media Law; Medical Law and Ethics; Penology; Private Law Theory: Obligations; Public Interest Law; Public International Law; Refugee and Immigration Law; Restitution; Tax Law; Transnational Contract Law; Research Dissertation; Sport and the Law and Broad Curriculum Modules (see http://www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum).
Junior Sophister: Marketing Management; Management Accounting for Business Decisions; Financial and Management Accounting; Introduction to Fixed Income Securities and Alternative Investments; Surveying Finance; Services Management; Digital Technology in Operations; Organisation Theory and Organisational Analysis; Advanced Topics in Organisation Theory and Analysis; Human Resource Management; Business in Society; Innovation; Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development.
Senior Sophister: International Business and the Global Economy; Exploring New Product Development; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Advances in Marketing Theory and Practice; Managing New Product Development; Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation: Organisation and Management; Economic Policy and Business History.
In place of your third year in Trinity, students may apply to study abroad on either the Erasmus programme or with a partner university with which we have an exchange programme. Our exchange programmes are hugely popular and are academically and culturally rewarding. Law and Business students can currently apply to spend their year in universities in Rouen, Strasbourg, Uppsala, Madrid, Louvain, Berlin, Tübingen, Mainz, Singapore, Ohio and Queensland.
Further information on the year abroad programme and a list of partner universities can be found at: www.tcd.ie/Law/undergraduate/study-abroad.php
The programme will provide students with strong management skills and an in-depth specialisation in law. Graduates will be well prepared for demanding and rewarding careers in both the legal and business professions; particularly in areas where the two disciplines coincide. We expect graduates to accept positions in law, business, taxation, finance and accounting, general management, employment relations and the civil service. In particular, students will have the option of studying all the law subjects required for a qualifying law degree, which will enable them to apply for entrance to the professional legal institutions to qualify as barristers and solicitors.
Also; see ‘Law degrees and professional qualifications’ on TR004: Law
Visit us: If you are considering studying for a Law degree at Trinity College but want to be sure, you are most welcome to attend lectures. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact us by e-mail (see below) to arrange a visit.
Law open day, see www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/events
For me, the attraction of Law and Business was the breadth of opportunities it offered. The course itself is incredibly interesting and varied, covering subjects as different as constitutional law and marketing, with scope for specialisation in later years. Beyond the classroom, student life in Trinity is unparalleled, and I have enjoyed delving into several pockets of it. Between debating, organising the Trinity Economic Forum and editing the Trinity Law Review I feel that I could have gone down several different paths, and none of them would have been wrong for me. Law and Business gave me the platform to forge my own path.
LL.B. (Law and Business)
4 years full-time
Number of Places
CAO code (Central Applications Office code) isTR017
Minimum entry points required are 570*
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