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UDBUSLAW - LLB Business Law

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Laws Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Laws, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Law
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 4 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader Ronke Shoderu

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The Teaching and Learning strategy of the LLB Business Law degree is designed to: ensure that the subject content meets, and improves, on the benchmarks set out by the JASB and the QAA; encourage the acquisition and understanding of knowledge by students, engendering an enthusiasm for the subject and life-skills learning, including the progression from surface learning to deep learning; facilitate students to develop independent skills and responsibilities for their own learning; incrementally strengthen the subject specific knowledge and skills gained by a students, in combination with the awareness and application of skills needed successfully thrive in the workplace.

This degree draws on the Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations’ reputation for pedagogical innovation, as well as utilising traditional teaching methods. The latter includes a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops. Within this a combination of whole group, small group, and student-led and tutor-led teaching occurs. This can included face-to-face teaching and discussion, but there is also an increasing emphasis on the use of blended learning opportunities.

Specific teaching/learning strategies and methods which are used include:

  • lectures – which introduce students to legal rules and concepts ; which introduce students to how legal rules operate in, have effect on, and are affected by, their context ; which introduce students to the social, political and ethical dimensions within which legal rules operate; which inform students of the latest developments in substantive law and procedure
  • seminars/workshops – which enable students to gain a deeper understanding of key legal rules and concepts; gain a deeper understanding of how legal rules operate in, have effect on, and are affected by, their context ; become aware through discussion with tutor and other students of the social, political, economic and ethical dimensions within which legal rules operate ; gain a deeper understanding of the latest developments in substantive law and procedure
  • use of module Weblearn – to enable students to gain a deeper understanding of issues and materials
  • independent study in the library and at home using traditional hardcopy material such as statutes, law reports, law journals, textbooks, casebooks, law commission reports
  • independent study in the library and at home using electronic sources such as legal databases and use of module Weblearn sites

Many modules already are paper free, with considerable learning materials and resources being placed on relevant module WebLearn sites, e.g. lecture notes, module handbooks, video links, recorded lectures, podcasts, first-hand documents, and blogs. Some teaching staff are already utilising electronic feedback, the electronic submission of formative assessments, and online office hours. A growing number of materials are also available online through the University library, including access to journals and ebooks. This is all designed to open up the learning space for students to enable them to have continuous access to degree materials, improving the student learning experience, whilst increasing cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

Course aims

The aim of the course is to equip students with the knowledge of the law which related to the finance and business world within the framework of a Qualifying Law degree. The entire focus of the course is on Business and Commercial law subjects. The aim of the course is :

  • To enable students who are undertaking the LLB (Business Law) as a Qualifying Law Degree to complete the academic stage of qualifying as a barrister or solicitor.
  • To provide a sound knowledge and understanding of the branches of law relevant to a business lawyer.
  • To enhance the employability of students, including those who do not intend to practise as a barrister or solicitor, but wish to enter other employment where a business law background is useful.
  • To enable students to acquire the legal and transferable skills set out in the QAA Benchmark Statement for Law and the joint statement by the JASB.
  • To enable students to acquire the London Metropolitan University graduate attributes of self-awareness, performance in a variety of idioms and contexts and ethical and creative considerations.

Course learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will understand appreciate law in general as well as its application in the business context. Graduates will be able to advise on the regulations which govern the running of companies, will be able to offer advice on financial regulation to banks and investment houses. In addition, successful graduates would be able to handle the administrative and legal aspects of starting- up their own businesses and companies. Graduates will also be able to offer basic advice on the tax affairs of employees, the self-employed and companies.

In addition by the end of the course, the student is expected to:

  1. acquire knowledge and understanding of legal rules and concepts ;
  2. acquire an understanding of how legal rules operate in, have effect on, and are affected by, their context ;
  3. be aware of the social, political, economic and ethical dimensions within which legal rules operate ;
  4. be aware of recent developments in substantive law and legal procedure .
  5. analyse legal issues ;
  6. develop the skill of synthesis in reading and categorising a variety of legal materials ;
  7. develop the critical skills to evaluate legal materials ;
  8. engage in problem solving by applying relevant legal rules ;
  9. study and learn independently .

The student will also be expected to develop a the following transferable skills in the course :

  1. written communication skills ;
  2. oral communication skills ;
  3. IT skills;
  4. teamwork skills ;
  5. numeracy skills;
  6. problem-solving skills .

The course enables the student to develop the following practical skills:

  1. the ability to use IT to access legal materials from legal databases;
  2. the ability to do research to find solutions to legal problems ;
  3. the ability to present oral arguments to solve legal problems ;
  4. the ability to present written arguments to solve legal problems .

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Advise on the regulations which govern the running of companies:

LL6006

- Offer advice on financial regulation to banks and investment houses:

LL6010

- Handle the administrative and legal aspects of starting- up their own businesses and
companies:

LL6006

- Offer basic advice on the tax affairs of employees, the self-employed and companies:

LL6010

- Acquire knowledge and understanding of legal rules and concepts:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Acquire an understanding of how legal rules operate in, have effect on, and are affected by their context:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Be aware of the social, political, economic and ethical dimensions within which legal rules operate :

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Be aware of recent developments in substantive law and legal procedure:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Analyse legal issues:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL5002;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;

LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Develop the skill of synthesis in reading and categorising a variety of legal materials:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL5002;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;

LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Develop the critical skills to evaluate legal materials:

LL5001;LL5002;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Engage in problem solving by applying relevant rules:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Study and learn independently:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Written communication skills:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Oral communication skills:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- IT skills:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Teamwork skills:

LL4001;LL4003;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;

- Numeracy skills:

LL4001;;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- Problem-solving skills:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52
-

The ability to use IT to access legal materials from legal databases:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- The ability to do research to find solutions to legal problems:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;;LL6P02;LL6P52

- The ability to present oral arguments to solve legal problems:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6W51;LL6P02;LL6P52

- The ability to present written arguments to solve legal problems:

LL4001;LL4002;LL4003;LL4004;LL5001;LL500
2;LL5004;LL5006;LL5007;
LL6001;LL6003;LL6006;
LL6010;LL6051;LL6053;LL6P02;LL6P52

Principle QAA benchmark statements

LAW

Assessment strategy

The range of assessment methods to be employed on this course reflects the range of skills required by the discipline of law and the standards expected. They will include examinations (unseen, part-seen and wholly seen), essays and problem question coursework, oral presentations, advocacy and interviewing, independent research papers, on-line diagnostic and SAT tests, multiple-choice tests, projects, research exercises, oral assessments, group presentations and assessed seminar participation.

An assessment strategy has been designed to ensure a reasonable spread of contributory summative assessment.

In line with our policy on facilitating formative feedback to students, the assessment strategy is designed to provide formative feedback on a piece of contributing summary assessment before another summative component is due to be submitted.

Module assessment is varied and generally does not comprise 100% exam/in-class tests unless required by professional bodies.

Students are encouraged to work in teams as this enables students to learn from each other and develop important team work skills.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

As part of our Undergraduate Student Promise, every student will undertake accredited work-related learning (in either the form of a work placement or ‘live’ project with a partner organisation or planning to set up small business) as a core, compulsory element within their course programme.

You will have the option of taking the “Work Placement for Professional Experience” or “Create a Winning Business” 15 credit module in the second or third year of your course programme. Work-related learning provides students with:

  • the experience of a competitive recruitment process or pitching for an opportunity
  • a work-related experience or project which impacts a real organisation
  • assessment and feedback on their reflections on their experience of the work-related learning and planning for their future career.

Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities which can be either be a placement, part-time role or ’live’ project for an external organisation untaken within the University. We have dedicated placements and careers teams who will assist learners with all aspects of their job search and application. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Leader on an individual basis. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the relevant University personnel who to assist them in gaining a suitable role.

Learners may be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment (whether or not this relates to their subject area), providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

Course specific regulations

The course conforms to the framework and University Academic Regulations. For a Qualifying Law Degree to be recognised by the JASB additional specified regulations relating to the number of attempts at core modules and the time taken to complete the degree shall apply. (The LLB Business Law may also be taken and the award gained within the University Regulations but without complying with the Qualifying Law Degree Regulations.)

Modules required for interim awards

Certificate in Higher Education – all Level 4 core modules

Diploma in Higher Education – all Level 4 core modules and the three Level 5 cores plus either one Level 5 30 credit option or two x Level 5 15 credits

Degree without Honours – all Level 4 and Level 5 modules plus at least 60 credits from Level H modules

Degree with Honours – all Level 4 and Level 5 modules plus the two core modules (one x 30 credit and one x 15 credit) plus two more x 30 credit and one x 15 credit modules.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

This course is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree for progression to the Legal Practice Course (for solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for barristers).

Career opportunities

Previous graduates have gone on to train as solicitors or barristers. As a London Met student, you’re also eligible for a discount on our paralegal training course, where you’ll train as an outdoor clerk or barristers’ clerk. The course lasts three days and is delivered by an external trainer in the moot courtroom.

Other potential career paths include business, media, voluntary organisations and NGOs. Our online vacancy system, Prospects, lists opportunities for full-time, part-time and voluntary work.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 points UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will be considered. Applicants with appropriate work experience are also welcomed.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes M221 (Business and Commercial Law): 100%
Route code BUSLAW

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL4001 Legal System Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
          CITY SPR+SUM TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
LL4002 Contract Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
          CITY SPR+SUM FRI PM
LL4003 Law of Tort Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
          CITY SPR+SUM TUE PM
LL4004 Criminal Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
          CITY SPR+SUM WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL5001 Public Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
LL5002 European Union Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR FRI PM
LL5004 Property Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
LL5W51 Work Placement for Professional Experience Alt Core 15 CITY SPR NA NA
          CITY AUT NA NA
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT WED PM
LL5006 Employment and Equality Law Option 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
LL5007 Consumer Rights Law Option 30 CITY AUT+SPR WED AM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL6001 Equity and Trusts Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
LL6006 Company Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
LL6P02 Business Law Dissertation Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
LL6P52 Business Law Extended Essay Alt Core 15 CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
LL6W51 Work Placement for Professional Experience Alt Core 15 CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
MN6W50 Creating a Winning Business 2 Alt Core 15 CITY AUT THU AM
          CITY SPR THU PM
          CITY SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT THU PM
LL6003 Intellectual Property Law Option 30 CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
LL6010 The Law of Finance and Taxation Option 30 CITY AUT+SPR FRI PM
LL6051 Environmental Law Option 15 CITY AUT MON AM
          CITY AUT MON AM
LL6053 Landlord and Tenant Law Option 15 CITY AUT THU PM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT