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Bachelor in Law and Business (LL.B. (B.S.))

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Programme Overview

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 on 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.

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 2016).

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.

Programme Structure

Law and Business at Trinity College Dublin is a four-year honours degree programme. The first two years (Freshman) are given over to the study of core legal modules (many of which are required by the legal professional bodies). In the Freshman years of the programme, we ensure that the balance is appropriately divided between the academic and practical aspects of law and business.  In the Sophister years (third and fourth years) you can focus on particular areas of business and law.  This affords graduates of Law from Trinity College Dublin with the advantage of early specialisation in their academic life.

How many hours of teaching are involved?

The academic year is divided into two teaching semesters (terms) with examinations, when applicable, taking place at the end of the second semester. Each teaching semester is of 12 weeks duration, with a reading/study week taking place in the 7th week of both semesters. Students complete 60 ECTS of modules each year, usually 30 ECTS in each semester. In the first two years, each module is 10 ECTS. In the final two years, some modules are 5 ECTS and some modules are 15 ECTS. Typically, a student has nine hours lectures per week, three hours in each 10 ECTS module or one and a half hours in each 5 ECTS module. In addition to lectures, Freshman students must attend 4 seminars in each law module. Attendance at law seminars is also required for some Sophister modules.

Semesters - The teaching semesters are referred to as Michaelmas Term (first semester) and Hilary Term (second semester). Annual Examinations take place after the end of Hilary Term. The examinations period is referred to as Trinity Term.
Lectures involve a mix of the Socratic method (where students must answer questions based on pre-assigned reading), class discussion, and more traditional lecturing. Seminars are entirely discussion-based. Seminars are taught by academic staff, post-graduate students or by practising solicitors or barristers with particular expertise in the area.

European Credit Transfers

Students reading for any law degree at Trinity College Dublin must study 240 ECTs over the duration of the four years. Students on the Law and German programme study 70 ECTS in their first year, 65 ECTS in their second year, 45 ECTS while on Erasmus exchange in Germany in their third year, and 60 ECTS in their final year. The ECTS weighting for a module is a measure of the student input or workload required for that module, based on factors such as the number of contact hours, the number and length of written or verbally presented assessment exercises, class preparation and private study time, classes, and examinations. There is no intrinsic relationship between the credit volume of a module and its level of difficulty. In Trinity College Dublin, 1 ECTS unit is defined as 20-25 hours of student input so a 10-credit module will be designed to require 200-250 hours of student input including class contact time, private study and assessments.

Programme Outcomes

Having successfully completed this programme, students should be able to:

  • Use appropriate legal and business and other relevant social science theories, doctrines and concepts to identify, formulate, analyse and solve legal, business and management problems within national and international contexts;
  • Apply the relationship between law and business and society, including the role of law in promoting and responding to social change and the business-society relationship in the context of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate understanding;
  • Conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary at both the national and international levels;
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written modes in professional and academic settings and work effectively as an individual and in teams in multi-disciplinary settings;
  • Engage in the pursuit of knowledge in greater depth and over time in support of life-long learning, either as a practitioner or an academic;
  • Use appropriate ICT tools in analysing, solving, and communicating a variety of problems in law, business and the social sciences;
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing social, cultural and technological environment.


For descriptions of each of the Law modules below, please visit the module page. Business module descriptions can be found on the School of Business website.

Unless otherwise specified, all modules carry 10 ECTS.

Junior Freshman Year

Law modules:

  • Contract
  • Law of Torts
  • Foundations of law

Business modules:

  • Introduction to economic policy 
  • Introduction to organisation and management


Students must also choose 1 of the modules below:

  • Quantitative methods for business
  • Language – French
  • Language – German
  • Language – Polish 
  • Language – Russian or
  • Introduction to Central, East European and Russian area studies

Senior Freshman Year

Law modules:

Constitutional Law I
Criminal law
Land law

Business modules:

         Students are required to take the following 4 modules:

  • Organisational behaviour (5 ECTS)
  • Principles of marketing (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to accounting (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to finance (5 ECTS)

Students must choose 2 of the following 3 modules: 

  • Introduction to operations management (5 ECTS)
  • Creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial action (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to strategy, leadership and social engagement (5 ECTS)


Junior and Senior Sophister Year

For the final two years, students are free to choose to study modules to the total sum of 60 ects per year.  In the Junior Sophister year students must take 20 ects of law and 20 ects of Business.  They may choose to take the remaining modules in either discipline or a combination of both. There is complete flexibility in the Senior Sophister year, students may take any combination from either or both discipline to the total value of 60 ects. Students may also apply to spend their Junior Sophister year abroad, on a Erasmus or international exchange programme, at a university in any European country with which the programme has links.  Please see Junior Sophister year abroad for further details.

Law Modules:

  • Advanced EU law
  • Advanced Evidence
  • Child law (5 ECTS)
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Collective Labour Law
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Competition Policy 
  • Corporate Governance (5 ECTS)
  • Criminology
  • Criminology
  • Critical Perspectives on law (5 ECTS)
  • Current Issues in Constitutional Law (5 ECTS)
  • Dissertation
  • Employment law
  • English Land law
  • Environmental law 
  • Equality law
  • European Human Rights
  • Evidence
  • Family law
  • Feminism and the law (5 ECTS)
  • Food Law
  • Intellectual Property law
  • International Human Rights
  • IT law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Philosophy (5 ECTS)
  • Media law
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Penology (5 ECTS)
  • Public Interest law
  • Public International law
  • Tax law
  • Refugee law


Junior Sophister Year

Business Modules:

  • Marketing management
  • Management accounting for business decisions 
  • Financial accounting 
  • Human resource management 
  • Business in society 
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture development 
  • Introduction to fixed income securities and alternative investments (5 ECTS)
  • Surveying finance (5 ECTS)
  • Services management (5 ECTS)
  • Digital technology in operations (5 ECTS)
  • Organisation theory and organisational analysis (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced topics in organisation theory and analysis (prerequisite Organisation theory and organizational analysis) (5 ECTS)
  • Investment (5 ECTS)
  • Social entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)


Senior Sophister Year

Business Modules:

  • International business and the global economy (15 ECTS)
  • Exploring new product development (15 ECTS)
  • Financial reporting and analysis (15 ECTS)
  • Advances in marketing theory and practice (15 ECTS)
  • Managing new product development (15 ECTS)
  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation: organisation and management (15 ECTS)
  • Economic policy and business history (15 ECTS)
  • Derivatives and international finance (15 ECTS) (prerequisite SF Introduction to Finance)


Undergraduate Course Office (Law):

School of Law, House 39, New Square,Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 896 1125/1278; Fax (Country Code + 353) (01) 677 0449; Email at

Undergraduate Course Office (Business):

Aras an Phiarsaigh, Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 896 3705; Fax (Country Code + 353) (01) 677 0449; Email business at


Course Coordinators:

Law: Hilary Biehler, Law School, Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 896 1278

Business: Sarah Browne, School of Business