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LLB (Hons) Law with Economics

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This pathway has been designed to give you the option of working in the legal profession or another aspect of business. You will combine the study of law with that of economics, covering everything from economic strategies and policies to Business, Public and Intellectual Property law.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years (including a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time


Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Bar Standards Board

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 120 tariff points, with 80  points from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page

Course details

Year 1

  • Law of European Union: You'll discover the main types of European legal method and the areas of substantive law.
  • Contract law: You'll explore the functional role of the law of contract as applied in the English Legal System and apply to contextual situations.
  • Economics for business studies: You'll learn how to apply economic principles in the analysis of contemporary economic issues and problems.
  • Criminal law: This unit aims to provide an academically challenging examination of principles of criminal law as they relate to both corporations and individuals and develop your ability to apply the criminal law to a wide range of situations.
  • Legal skills & systems: You'll examine the background to and structures within the English Legal System. It also aims to introduce you to legal method, legal reasoning, legal research and legal writing.
  • Constitutional law: An introduction to UK constitutional and administrative law. You'll learn to understand and share your knowledge of constitutional law and judicial review, and apply it to a range of legal situations.

Year 2

  • Equity & the law of trusts: You'll learn how to draw appropriate comparisons between equitable and common law solutions to a range of claims and understand the substantive content of equitable doctrines and principles.
  • Law of torts: You'll be taught the basic requirements in respect of particular torts, apply the laws and doctrines in a range of problem scenarios and identify potential areas of tortious liability.
  • Land law: You'll unravel how to identify the classification of property rights, and how they are created, assigned, enforced and extinguished, and explore the relationship between the law of property and other areas of law.
  • Public international law: This unit will develop an understanding of public international law. You'll also build an awareness of domestic and international current developments in the field of public international law.
  • Microeconomics for business 1: The unit aims to develop an understanding of Microeconomic theory, enabling you to apply Microeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary issues.
  • Macroeconomics for business 1: You'll discover Macroeconomic theory, enabling you to apply macroeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary problems.

Year 3

A minimum 40 week placement (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry) to be carried out anywhere in the world, offering you a fantastic chance to gain experience of legal practice and to make contacts for the future. If your placement meets the necessary criteria it can count towards 20 weeks of your training contract after graduation.

You may take a study abroad placement for up to the equivalent  of one semester (6 months) which will count towards the 40 weeks required for the placement and then complete the remainder of the 40 weeks placement working in industry. For 2017 entry, a minimum of 30-weeks will be required.

Year 4

  • Dissertation: This is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity to conduct research on a topic related to an aspect of law, to develop your critical thinking and to evaluate new and existing research.
  • Microeconomics for Business 2: You'll increase your understanding of microeconomic analysis and its relevance to real business decision-making.
  • Macroeconomics for Business 2: The unit improves your knowledge and ability to critically analyse macroeconomic problems and issues in the context of the global economy.
  • Commercial law and transactions: This unit aims to provide a technically and academically challenging examination of the issues in international sale and commercial law.

Optional units (choose one)

  • Corporate law and governance: You'll discover the functional role of company law, apply the substantive principles in a corporate governance context and evaluate the substantive principles of the law in the light of its historic and economic context.
  • Family law: You'll cover the law in relation to children, domestic violence, the unmarried family as well as the role of the family in society and the pressures for change.
  • Financial regulation: The unit provides insight and understanding into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale of regulation that are highly relevant to those seeking to operate within the financial services sector.
  • Environmental law: This unit covers the controls over atmospheric and air pollution, waste management and contaminated land, statutory noise, town and country planning as well as the conservation of natural and built environments.
  • Law of international trade: You'll study the relationship between legal principles and commercial practice, and recognise the practices and procedures where goods are traded nationally and commercially.
  • Intellectual property law: You'll identify the potential intellectual property rights of an innovative piece of work and evaluate the mechanisms for successful commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights.
  • Employment law: Employment law, employer/employee and other contracts and relationships are revealed here, plus you'll learn about the relationship between the law of employment and other areas of law.
  • Media and Entertainment law: Topics ranging from defamation to privacy, contempt of court, sexual offences, sports law and TV formats amongst others will be explored in this unit. This unit benefits from the insight of two experts in the field providing a theoretical and practical insight into the discipline.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for LLB (Hons) Law with Economics.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience.

The benefits to you as a placement student are many. You will have the chance to:

  • Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
  • Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
  • Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
  • Make contacts, as it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
  • Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
  • Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees.

Placements abroad

You may take a Study Abroad placement for up to the equivalent of one semester which will count towards the 30 weeks required for the placement and then complete the remainder of your 30 week placement working in industry.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 30 weeks, although most students choose to work for a full year.

Find out more about placements and our student experiences here.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Law
  • Show motivation and enthusiasm and are self-starters looking for a rewarding challenge
  • Demonstrate excellent written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Develop their knowledge of the subject through independent learning and wider reading.

Students will need a high degree of commitment and enthusiasm, we encourage applicants to read around the subject and follow up on areas that interest them. We look for applicants who can produce professional written material and can express themselves well, and work effectively in a team.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications – there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.

The entry requirements for this course are 120 tariff points, with 80 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Access to HE Diploma: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent).  Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC qualifications:

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff.
90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to 2 A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of 75% overall.

International Baccalaureate: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:


Our Law with Economics degree will not only provide you with the skills necessary to enter the legal profession, but will also make you highly sought after by businesses thanks to your ability to utilise and understand economic, qualitative and quantitative techniques to solve business problems. This is supported by our graduate employment figures - within six months of finishing their degree, 93% of our students are in work or further study*.

There are plenty of opportunities to find roles relevant to the fields of law and economics within areas such as Business Affairs, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance to name a few.

In many cases, this will mean going on to take professional examinations once you have completed the academic stage of your legal training, preparing you for work in the legal profession. Among the roles you can take on are:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Legal executive
  • Legal assistant.

As well as working for legal firms, our graduates have found success with the many UK-based and international businesses that need legal expertise. Organisations that our students have gone on to work for include JP Morgan Chase Bank, LV, Phoenix Legal Group, Home Office, HSBC, Topshop, Lester Aldridge, Coles Miller Solicitors, British Gas, Moriarty Law and Financial Ombudsman Service to name just a few.

All of the courses within our Law framework have been developed with the assistance of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Law Society and the Bar Council, and are accredited by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Industries worked in

  • Legal
  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Economics.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Course statistics

The National Student Survey

The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.

  • Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 95%
  • Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 91%
  • Students were satisfied overall - 84%
  • Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 76%.

12% is scheduled learning and teaching activities

This figure is the average over the four years of study, including the placement year. As the placement year will involve working in industry you will not have any learning and teaching activities within this year which reduced the average.

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. Across all the Law pathways there are timetabled lectures, seminars and tutorials. When not attending these you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

45% of the course is assessed by coursework

Throughout the course, you will be assessed by coursework, group work and written exams. The majority of units contain both examination and coursework.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
2/6/16 Course unit title amended Course details content

Optional units Media Law and Entertainment Law amalgamated and titled Media and Entertainment Law

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