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Bachelor in Law and Business

Welcome

CAO Code TR017
Number of Places: 25
CAO Points (2018) 577
Entry Requirements: H6/O4 / B Maths (Leaving Cert/Ad GCE/A-level)

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 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 Programme right for me?

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. Both schools enjoy a strong international profile, with excellent relationships with Irish and global organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Programme Structure

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 and your degree pathway/award. You can choose to:

  1. Major – Law, Minor - Business
    focus more on Law (Major – Law, Minor - Business) – Degree Awarded - LL.B. (Law with Business);
  2. Joint
    continue with an equal combination of the Law and Business; – Degree Awarded - BA (Law and Business);
  3. move to single honors in Law from your second year onwards – Degree Awarded - LL.B.;
  4. Major – Business; Minor – Law br> focus more on Business - Degree Awarded - BA (Business with Law);
  5. move to single honors in Business from your second year onwards – Degree Awarded - BA.

The attached sheets, will indicate which pathways lead professional routes open to students.

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. If you choose to major in Business your Capstone project will comply with the School of Business curriculum.

Optional Study Abroad

You may choose to apply to study abroad in your third year of studies.  Students may apply to spend a semester or full academic year on an exchange programme with one of the Schools or University’s partners.  Details can be found on our Study Abroad page (below).

Professional requirements and Career Opportunities

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 order to complete the modules that are currently 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 from your second year onwards. See option 1 above, Law as a Major subject and Business as a Minor subject.

Should you choose to spend your third year abroad, you will have the opportunity to choose to follow the relevant part of the third-year syllabus when you return for your final year of studies. This ensures that you are able to complete all the modules currently required in order to fulfil the pre-requisites for entry to the professional stage of training to become either a solicitor or barrister in Ireland.

What will I study? 

For more description of each modules below, please visit the Modules page.

Year 1: Junior Freshman Year

  1. Contract
  2. Torts
  3. Foundations of Law 1 and 2
  4. Economic Policy*
  5. Management and Organisation*
  6. Quantitative methods for business* or
  7. Language* – French/German/Polish/Spanish/Russian or Central, Eastern
  8. European and Russian Area studies

Year 2: Senior Freshman Year

In your second year you may choose your pathway which will lead to an award of LL.B. (Law and Business), BA or Single Honors Law (LL.B.) or BA (Joint Honors or Single Honors Business). Students who wish to enter professional legal practice are advised to consider the Law Major (or Single Honors in Law) from the SF year onwards.

Law Major / Business Minor

(40 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS of Business)

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Equity
Land Law and


Optional Business modules (20 ECTs) from:

Organisational Behaviour
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Operations Management
Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Action
Climate Change for Managers
Research Methods for Business Students 

Joint

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Equity
Land Law and
Optional Business modules (20 ECTs) (see above)

Or
Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Optional Business modules (40 ECTs) (see above)

Law Minor / Business Major

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law, and

Optional Business modules (40 ECTs) (see above)

Single Honors Law / Business

Students may choose to take a Single Honors pathway in either Law or Business.

If pursuing a Single Honors Law programme, students must study
Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Equity
Land Law, and

Optional Business modules worth 20 ECTS or Trinity electives/open modules worth 20 ECTS
Please see Single Honors programme in Law for general course structure.

If pursuing a Single Honors in Business programme, students must choose Optional Business modules (40 ECTs) (see above) and
Trinity electives/open modules/Law modules (Criminal and Constitutional Law) worth 20 ECTS

 

Year 3: Junior Sophister Year

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 have links.

Law Major / Business Minor

A: (40 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS of Business) or

B: (30 ECTS Law / 30 ECTS Business)

 

Administrative Law (compulsory)
Company Law (optional)
EU Law (compulsory)
Evidence (optional) and optional Law modules (Please see Single Honors programme in Law for further details)

Management Accounting for Business Decisions
Financial Accounting
Human Resource Management<
Business in Society
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Modelling
Introduction to Fixed Income Securities and Alternative Investments
Corporate Finance and Equity Valuation
Services Management
Digital Technology in Operations
Organisation Theory and Organisational Behaviour
Investments
Social Entrepreneurship
Contemporary Marketing Management
Consumer Behaviour
Taxation I
Taxation II

Joint

(30 ECTS Law / 30 ECTS Business)

Administrative Law (compulsory)
Company Law (optional)
EU Law (compulsory)
Evidence (optional) and optional Law modules (Please see Single Honors programme in Law for further details)

See above for optional Business Modules

Law Major / Business Minor

A: (20 ECTS Law / 40 ECTS Business) or

B: (30 ECTS Law / 30 ECTS Business)

Administrative Law (compulsory)
Company Law (optional)
EU Law (compulsory)
Please see Single Honors programme in Law or below for optional Law modules)

See above for optional Business Modules

Single Honors Law / Business Please see Single Honors programme in Law for general course structure and Business for Single Honors course structure.

 

Year 4: Senior Sophister Year

Law Major / Business Minor

A: (60 ECTS Law /) or

B: (40 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS Business)

 

Capstone in Law (compulsory)
Legal Philosophy (optional)
Please see Single Honors programme in Law or below for optional Law modules)

 

International Business and the Global Economy
Exploring Organisational Experiences
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Advances in Marketing Theory and Practice
Managing New Product Development
Social Innovation and Social Impact
Economic Policy and Business History
Derivatives and International Finance

In order to be eligible to take modules there may be JS pre-requisites.

Joint

(20 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS Business and Capstone (20 ECTS) in Law or Business)

Capstone Law / Business (compulsory)
20 Optional Law modules (Please see Single Honors programme in Law for further details)

20 Optional Business modules (see above)

Law Minor / Business Major

A: (60 ECTS Business /) or

B: (20 ECTS Law / 40 ECTS Business)

Please see Single Honors programme in Law or below for optional Law modules)

Capstone Business

See above for optional Business modules.

Single Honors Law / Business

Please see Single Honors programme in Law for general course structure and Political Science for Single Honors course structure.

Modules on offer may vary from year to year. The Schools of Law and the Trinity Business School reserve the right to substitute, remove or add to the offerings on offer each year.

Junior and Senior Sophister Law modules

The following modules are currently provided by the School of Law in either Year 3 or Year 4, but please note that this list changes over time.

  1. Advanced EU law
  2. Clinical Legal Education
  3. Collective Labour Law
  4. Commercial Law
  5. Competition Policy
  6. Corporate Governance 
  7. Criminology
  8. Critical Perspectives on law 
  9. Employment Law
  10. English Land Law
  11. Environmental Law
  12. European Human Rights
  13. Family and Child Law
  14. Financial Services Law
  15. Food Law
  16. Information Technology Law
  17. Insolvency Law
  18. Intellectual Property law
  19. International Human Rights
  20. International Trade Law
  21. Legal Philosophy
  22. Media Law
  23. Medical Law and Ethics Penology
  24. Public Interest Law
  25. Public International Law 
  26. Refugee and Immigration Law
  27. Tax Law

If you would like to explore these modules some more, please look at the modules below which are currently on offer. The 2019/20 module outlines will be available in Spring 2019.

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.