Master of Laws Business Law with Work Experience
Why choose Herts?
Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by experts, including practising solicitors and barristers who will train you to work on real-life scenarios at our £10m Law Building inclusive of a full-scale replica Crown Court Room.
Strong Industry Connections: Benefit from our strong relations with law firms such as Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Clifford Chance. Students attend Law Fairs, employer workshops, and networking events.
Work-Related Learning: You will gain client-facing casework experience working in legal services within our award-winning pro-bono Law Clinic providing community-based legal services.
Entry requirements and key information
- A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. Or, an overseas qualification which is equivalent to a UK Honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification.
- You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or IELTS at 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.
- Please contact Admissions Tutor at email@example.com to discuss entry requirements further.
School of study
Hertfordshire Law School
- Full Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
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- Hertfordshire Law School has helped graduates forge successful careers for 40 years. As part of our Hertfordshire University Alumni family, you’ll benefit from our global reputation for being forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to the world around us.
- The compulsory modules for this course will provide you with the grounding you need for your successful career in Business Law.
- Your selected optional modules, in combination with the compulsory modules, will be the perfect launch pad for pursuing your chosen specialism, whether that be as an in-house advisor within the private sector, a compliance or risk specialist, a human resources or employment law advisor or an academic pursuing a career in research.
- These are just some examples of the many routes that may be of interest to you on successful completion of the LLM Business Law with Work Experience.
- The programme is offered with work experience in the second year (semester A-B), providing students with practical legally- focused work experience and setting their academic studies in a broader context. Students must complete a 60-credit module including compulsory elements on an introduction to the Law Clinic and commercial awareness. Students must also complete 200 hours of work experience selected from a range offered within the University or sourced independently and approved by the School. The module is assessed by a reflective portfolio.
- Following completion of the work experience module, you will then complete your dissertation module.
About the course
Our LLM Business Law with Work Experience provides specialist knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills, together with professional work experience in the area of business law.
This programme offers two compulsory modules: Corporate Governance, which is your Pathway Specific Module (only available to LLM in Business Law students within the programme), plus a compulsory elective where you may choose between Company Law, Employment Law or Legal Risk and Compliance). Together, these modules will give you the foundation you need to specialise in Business Law. You can then build on this foundation with two additional modules from the range of optional modules on offer, to fit your own goals and preferences.
We also offer the following pathways:
LLM Business Law
LLM Business Law with Placement Year
Why choose this course?
This course is perfect for you if you are planning to specialise in Business Law.
- Taking full advantage of the University’s strong links with industry, the course is taught by specialists in the field who are at the forefront of their discipline. You can be sure that the teaching you will receive is focused on the particular requirements of the business sector, always up to date with current business developments and supported by cutting-edge research and practice.
- You will enjoy an immersive learning experience in our impressive Law Court building, situated within an attractive multi-million-pound site. The law courts are often used for televised productions while also supporting our world-class teaching and learning.
- You’ll get the opportunity to develop professional industry connections through our extensive employability programme. The Hertfordshire Law Clinic provides pro-bono legal services to the community, enabling you to gain real work experience during your studies.
- Our strong links with industry, including leading law firms, barristers’ chambers, international mediators, PCCs, Magistrates and Crown Courts, prisons and voluntary sectors further ensure an authentic learning experience.
What will I study?
The School follows a blended learning approach to the delivery of its programmes, with a strong emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity. The School’s strategic focus centres around community, inclusivity, diversity of opportunity and employability in line with the University strategic objective (2020-25) of ‘Transforming Lives’ through the three pillars of Offering Opportunity, Building Community and Embracing Flexibility.
You will study two modules during Semester A and two modules in Semester B. Each module will be taught through a two-hour Seminar each week together with a rich blend of online activities.
You will also join a Research Methods and Skills seminar every fortnight in your first semester of study to help you develop the academic writing and research skills that you will need for your module courseworks and dissertation. In Semesters B and C, you will study for your dissertation with the help of an expert supervisor.
The Company Law module focuses on the fundamental and contemporary aspects of company law, offering detailed analysis of the internal operations of a company. Topics range from the incorporation of a company, the rights and duties of shareholders and directors, governance, and remedies available to a company. The Employment Law module covers such topics as the concept of employment status, the explicit and implicit terms of a contract of employment, and an analysis of current Equality Law. Legal Risk Module introduces you to the basic concepts of project management in the context of risk management. It provides an in-depth understanding of some of the core challenges faced by businesses in this area, as well as knowledge of the relevant regulatory frameworks. In the Corporate Governance module, topics such as corporate governance theories, law and practice are covered.
The LLM Business Law with Placement Year employs a variety of teaching and assessment methods, providing you with valuable hands-on experience and opportunities to implement your learning. Teaching sessions by experts in their field are followed up with group work and activities designed to expand and deepen your learning and enable practical application. This includes role-play, discussions and debates which help you to hone your presentation skills and your proficiency in the areas of negotiation and persuasion.
Independent study is essential to consolidate your class teaching and to deepen your learning. The assignments will offer further opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, formulate arguments and offer solutions to complex business challenges.
Each module is assessed by coursework (there are no examinations).
|Work Experience||60 Credits||Compulsory|
|Corporate Governance||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Research Methods and Skills||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|LLM Dissertation||60 Credits||Compulsory|
|Banking Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|International Financial Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Data Protection Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Medical Law and Ethics||30 Credits||Optional|
|Employment Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Legal Risk and Compliance||30 Credits||Optional|
|Copyright and Artificial Intelligence Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Public International Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Private International Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|International Human Rights Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Intellectual Property Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|International Commercial Law||30 Credits||Optional|
|Crimes of the Powerful||30 Credits||Optional|
|GLOBAL POLICING AND LAW ENFORCEMENT||30 Credits||Optional|
|Company Law||30 Credits||Optional|
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Further course information
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|LLM in Business Law - Extended||Download|
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Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2023 30/09/2024 Apply online (Full Time)
Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2024 30/09/2025 Apply online (Full Time)