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Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, this degree combines the study of law with that of economics, covering everything from economic strategies and policies to Business, Public and Intellectual Property law.

We know it’s difficult to decide which area of law you’d like to focus on when you’re just setting out on your training, which is why all of our law pathways start with a common first semester; giving you the solid foundation in the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills of law. This means you can branch out into a specialised area when you have a better grasp of what each field entails. As well as Law with Economics, we offer one degree providing a general legal education (Law), as well as: Business LawEntertainment LawLaw with Politics and Law & Taxation

You’ll be encouraged to gain as much experience as possible by attending court and undertaking work placements, including a potentially career-shaping 30-week work placement in year three, which you can complete at home or abroad. The placement hands you the opportunity to experience legal practice in a real world environment and make those all-important professional contacts. What’s more, if your placement meets the necessary criteria, it can count can count towards a portion of your training contract after graduation. The placement is optional for our international students (non EU/UK), so there’s scope for all our students to take advantage of this excellent career enhancing experience.

BU graduates who studied in this subject area were typically earning £20,400 after one year; this is 23% higher than all graduates who studied this subject. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

For September 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in September 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Statistics shown are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years (including a minimum 30-week placement) Full-time. 3 years (with an optional 30-week placement) for International students (non-EU/ non-UK)


Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Bar Standards Board

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 120 tariff points a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2018 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 minimum 30 week placement 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 30 weeks required for the placement and then complete the remainder of the 30 weeks placement working in industry.

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.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

Year 1 – 16% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 190 hours
  • Independent learning: 1010 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours

Year 2 – 18% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 206 hours
  • Independent learning: 994 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 11 hours

Year 3 - Placement year. 0% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

Year 4 - 13% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 157 hours
  • Independent learning: 1043 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 50% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

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.

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.

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.

Alex Manu

"It was a great way to network. I’m still in touch with partners from a number of big law firms."

Alex Manu, LLB (Hons) Law, placement at Law Debenture Trust Corporation

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.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Law Debenture
  • Chase Anderson
  • Metro Law Solicitors
  • The Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Lester Aldridge LLP
  • Cavendish Legal Group
  • McMillan Williams Solicitors

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 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 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 112-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Excluded subjects: General Studies

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) 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 Future Students Enquiry Team 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 the Future Students Enquiry Team It may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 112 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma:112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

Scottish Advanced Highers: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent

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 componentof writing, speaking, listening and reading, 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, 95% of our Law graduates are in work or further study and 75% are in a professional/managerial position*.

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.

Your lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the law sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Jeffrey Wale

I entered legal practice in 1992, qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1994 and became a partner in the national firm of Berrymans Lace Mawer in 1999. My clients were insurers, professionals, public bodies and health care providers and my litigation practice included occupational disease, abuse and education related claims. I have significant appellate court experience including a successful claim against the UK in the European Court of Human Rights. After leaving commercial legal practice, I started teaching in Higher Education in 2010. I am currently the LLB programme leader and a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Law at Bournemouth University.

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

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790

2018 entry requirements have changed to: 112-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements 

112 - 120 tariff points from A-levels or equivalent including 80 points from 2 A-levels or equivalent.


2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

2018 entry requirements

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.

02/06/16 Course unit title amended Course details content

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

What our students say

Rebecca Manu

I chose to study Law at Bournemouth University because the opportunities provided by the placement year is something that would not be available at other universities.

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