Bachelor in Law and Business (LL.B. (B.S.))
In our global economy, businesses deal with complex issues concerning government regulations and international trade policies. Law has 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 some of the many areas of overlapping interest between the two disciplines.
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 who choose to follow Law as a Major and Business as a Minor will have the opportunity to study all of the core modules presently required by the legal professional bodies in Ireland. This ensures, if you so wish, that you can seek entry into a legal career (subject to any change in the entry requirements as determined by the professional bodies).
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 (September 2019 entrants)
Law and Business is a four-year honours degree programme. The first year introduces you to core topics in law and business. This includes developing your legal skills through the Foundations of Law module.
At the end of the first year of your programme, you will have several options in relation to the balance between Law and Business modules. You can choose to focus more on Law, more on Business, or an equal combination of the two disciplines. If you wish to complete the modules that are pre-requisites for the professional stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister in Ireland, then you will have to choose to focus on Law: this is Law as a Major subject in your degree programme and Business as a Minor subject in your degree programme.
In the final year of your programme, one-third of your credits will be devoted to the completion of a research project, which we call the ‘Capstone’. This allows you to apply and enhance the research skills that you have developed in the previous three years of the programme. If you choose Law as a Major, then you will complete your Capstone within the School of Law. You will be part of a research group with other students where you will work independently and collaboratively to explore in-depth a topical issue.
How is the programme taught?
The academic year is divided into two terms (semesters): one in the autumn and one in the spring. Students complete modules to the value of 30 credits in each term; modules may be either one term in duration or stretch over two terms. Modules are normally either 5 or 10 credits. The volume of teaching depends upon the credits attached to each module, but a 10 credit module in Law would typically be composed of 3 hours of lectures per week. Lectures are a large group teaching format, but they include opportunities for student participation, e.g. discussing questions with the lecturer.
In the first year, we have a special programme of weekly seminars to accompany our Foundations of Law module. These are small group teaching sessions that are designed to support you as you develop basic legal skills. In addition, during years one and two of the law programme, other modules are delivered by a combination of weekly lectures and four seminars per term. Seminars are focused upon active student participation, e.g. discussion, presentation, group work. Seminars are taught by academic staff, postgraduate researchers or by practising solicitors or barristers with particular expertise in the area.
Assessment takes place on a continuous basis across the academic year. There are examinations at the end of each term, but modules are often assessed also by other means, such as written assignments.
European Credit Transfers
Students reading for any law degree at Trinity College Dublin must study 240 ECTS over the duration of the four years. Generally, this entails 60 ECTS per 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 teaching hours, the number and length of written or orally presented assessment exercises, class preparation and private study time, and examinations. 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.
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.
Year 1: Junior Freshman Year
- Foundations of Law
- Introduction to Economic Policy
- Fundamentals of Management and Organisation
- Students must also choose one of the following modules:
- Quantitative Methods for Business
- Language - French
- Language - German
- Language – Polish
- Language – Russian
- Language – Spanish
- Introduction to Central, East European and Russian area studies
At this point, each student chooses between several pathways for combining the two disciplines. The programme structure indicated below is where the student has chosen to follow Law as a Major and Business as a Minor. There are two other pathways: (i) Law and Business (Joint) – an equal balance of credits in Law and Business; (ii) Business as a Major and Law as a Minor – the majority of credits will be taken in Business.
Year 2: Senior Freshman Year (Major in Law)
- Constitutional Law I
- Criminal Law
- Land Law
- 20 ECTS of modules from the Business School
Year 3: Junior Sophister Year (Major in Law)
- Administrative Law
- EU Law
- Company Law
- 20 ECTS of optional modules from the Business School
Students may also apply to spend either one or two terms of their Junior Sophister year abroad, on an Erasmus or international exchange programme, at any university with which the Law School or Business School has links.
Year 4: Senior Sophister Year (Major in Law)
- 20 ECTS: ‘Capstone’ research project module in Law
- 20 ECTS of optional modules in Law
- 20 ECTS of optional modules from the Business School
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 law.school at tcd.ie
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 tcd.ie
Law: Hilary Biehler, Law School, Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 896 1278
Business: Tanusree Jain, School of Business