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Business Law LLB (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018



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If you are looking to apply the law in a commercial or business setting, the LLB Business Law will help to equip you with a specialist understanding of both the law as it applies to business and the wider commercial world.

Accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, it could set you on the path towards qualifying as a solicitor or barrister, but equally can act as preliminary training for a range of other careers, recognised by employers as providing the transferrable professional skills they demand.

With a focus on developing your practical legal skills, Law has been taught at Coventry University for 50 years. Whether it is participating in a scenario to advise a client on setting up a company or preparing a complex international business contract, we aim to improve your analytical, negotiation and communication skills, vital for any line of work.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

All our LLB courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board.

Common Professional Examination (CPE)

Our LLB Law is a Qualifying Law Degree. This status means that graduation from the programme exempts you from the Common Professional Examination (CPE), the initial stage of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister for both the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Bar Council. This shortens your professional training, should you wish to practise in England and Wales, by one year.

Course information

All qualifying law degrees are required to cover the foundations of legal knowledge, which will be studied during the first two years. These subjects are Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Law of the European Union, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Property Law, and Equity and Trusts, as well as the English Legal System.

On this specialist degree, the curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework that businesses operate within, together with the rules and main institutions of the legal system. You can also choose optional modules in specialist business law topics such as intellectual property or employment law.

You should gain an appreciation of the wider commercial context in which businesses operate and the legal consequences of various business activities – from initial set up as sole trader, partnership or registered company, for example, to tort liability for defective goods or premises. 

We will examine aspects of contract law, agency and sale of goods as they affect business activities. Critically important in any organisation, we will also study basic elements of employment law, such as the contract of employment, health and safety at work, as well as the rights at work and protection against dismissal and redundancy.

Students on our LLB courses are required to undertake topics specifically designed to enhance their academic, personal and professional skills, as well as their career management. Modules are designed to develop your skills in areas such as writing, researching and retrieving legal materials, the collation and prioritisation of up-to-date relevant information, using paper and electronic sources, primary and secondary legal sources, and legal journals. You will be required to look at the development of a contemporary legal issue in the news, reporting your findings.

Course Specification
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  • English Legal System

  • Contract Law

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law

  • Law in the Business Environment

  • Law Study - Developing Your Academic and Legal Writing Skills

  • Academic and Personal Development



  • Criminal Law

  • Tort Law

  • European Union Law

  • Property Law

  • Practical Legal Skills

  • Academic and Career Development


Optional Enhancement Year


  • Study abroad or professional placement



  • Equity and Trusts

  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties

  • Career Planning and Management

  • Advanced Practical Legal Skills

  • Law in the Global Environment

  • Company Law

  • International Commercial Law

  • Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Law of Evidence
    • Employment Law
    • Intellectual Property Law

In more detail...

  • A course designed to meet the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
  • Unique mentoring scheme with the Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyers, now in its second year, for up to 30 students per year.
  • A dedicated ‘Moot Room’ to give you the opportunity to develop your advocacy skills and experience a modern courtroom environment.
  • High levels of student satisfaction of 92% overall for the subject of Law in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 92% for the quality of teaching.
  • Annual Law Student Conference, where you have the opportunity to apply to present a paper with the possibility of publication in the Coventry Law Journal.
  • Guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, building your professional network. Recent speakers have included an Associate (Pensions) from Squire Patten Boggs and Barrister from 43 Temple Row. We have also organised a guest lecture from the Faculty’s Internationalisation Manager and a graduate recruiter visits from ‘The Graduate’ to talk and provide advice to our students.
  • Opportunity to take part in our prestigious annual mooting competition, taking place against the University of Reading this year with the chance for each of the winners to secure a mini-pupillage at 43 Temple Row in Birmingham. Previously, we have participated in the third annual Mooting Competition in Commercial and Maritime Law Organised by Swansea University, one of our first year students winning the Encouragement Award for their advocacy skills, which was sponsored by Swansea’s Institute of International Trade and Shipping Law.

£350m investment in facilities, a single site campus with excellent learning facilities all in easy walking distance.

Your main study themes are:

  • Contract Law: We will introduce you to contractual obligations under the common law, as affected by statute. We examine contract formation, resulting obligations, vitiating factors, performance, breach and remedies. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of contract law with an appreciation of contract law in practice and the factors that have influenced its development, as well as those that may affect its future direction.

  • Tort Law: Tort Law involves remedies which facilitate the resolution of civil disputes between individuals. These remedies include resolutions such as damages, which compensate the individual for any harm caused. We will look at areas such as negligence, nuisance and occupier, employer and product liability. We also examine any defences that may be applicable to tortfeasors and any remedies available to compensate victims.

  • Criminal Law: Criminal Law involves wrongs, or prohibited conduct, consequences or states of affairs, which the State is responsible for prosecuting on behalf of the individuals involved. It generally consists of punishing individuals for their wrongful actions and seeks to protect personal or proprietary rights of individuals. You will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the principles upon which a person's responsibility under criminal law will be assessed, analysing the nature of criminal offences and developing an appreciation of the circumstances in which people are absolved of responsibility under the law.

  • Law of the European Union: European Union (EU) Law plays an important role in almost all aspects of both law and individuals’ daily lives. You will have the opportunity to learn about the sources of EU law and their status within our own legal order, studying the institutional framework of the EU and its legal basis. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the substantive rules which form the cornerstone of the single market, in particular the free movement of goods, services, capital, and services, together with the customs union and competition law.

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law: We examine Parliament, the Government and the courts: the powers that they exercise, how they are controlled, how they relate to each other and how they relate to the individual. We will consider the various fundamental public law principles that underpin the constitution, the principal institutions of the State and how these institutions interact and relate to one another and to the individual, including consideration of how human rights are protected in the United Kingdom. Administrative law focuses specifically on the law relating to the government and how its powers are controlled through judicial review.

  • Property Law: Property Law is a study of the rights and interests affecting land, such as a leasehold interest in a freehold. We will trace the development of our land law from 1066 to the modern system of land registration and study the acquisition of rights in land by informal means, such as the use of an implied trust to establish rights over land in favour of a non-owner.

  • Equity and Trusts: You will be introduced to the equitable principles governing the creation and administration of express private and public trusts. We examine the reasons for creating trusts in the contemporary social and economic context and the requirements for such creation, enabling you to distinguish between the trust concept and other related concepts. We focus on the trust concept and, in particular, its contemporary role in commercial contexts, as well as its traditional functions, in relation to family property.

  • English Legal System: Aims to provide a sound knowledge of the English legal system and its operation, including civil and criminal procedure. It is designed to develop a critical awareness of the legal system, its strengths and shortcomings. In particular, we look at the issues of the day confronting the legal system and the law in general, including aspects of human rights law. You will be encouraged to discover, interpret and apply legal rules.

Modules are normally delivered through large group lectures and seminars of 15 students. Seminars are interactive and may involve hypothetical problem questions, case studies and the analysis of more theoretical issues. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress and will be available for advice.

This course can be studied over three years of full-time or five to six years of part-time study. Students also have the option to spend a year studying abroad or on work placement.

Our active Law School provides lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities. We recently launched a series of networking events, including a new initiative to promote internationalisation – ‘Careers in Law: Global Options and Local Opportunities’ – which featured 15 senior legal practitioners from across the UK, including two QCs.

Modules are normally delivered through large group lectures and seminars of around 15 students. These seminars are interactive and may involve hypothetical problems, case studies and the analysis of more theoretical issues. In addition, your personal tutor will monitor your progress and will be available for advice.

A qualifying law degree is a law degree with Honours which is accepted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of legal education. A law degree with Honours will only be accepted as a qualifying law degree where the student has passed the assessments in the ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, namely Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, European Union Law, Property Law and Public Law (including Constitutional, Administrative Law and Human Rights).

Course assessment has been designed to meet the recommendations and requirements of the two relevant professional bodies. Methods vary and will include examinations, individual coursework, online tests, multiple choice assessments, group presentations, reflective reports, practical legal skills exercises.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations 65%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 20%
  • Practical or project work 5%
  • Group work etc. 5%
  • Presentations, posters 5%

20% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • A wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of English law. This includes: relevant European law.
  • The major legal institutions, procedures and sources of English law and European Union law.
  • The law in an economic, social and philosophical context.
  • Legal and professional ethics.
  • Key concepts and principal areas of business law and the legal relationship between 
    parties to business transactions


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Rank issues in terms of relevance and importance within unfamiliar arguments in the light of established law.
  • Bring together and present in a coherent, integrated fashion, materials from primary and secondary sources, offering an accurate summary of the current state of doctrinal and policy debate in any area of law.
  • Make an informed and reasoned judgement on standard arguments in the areas of law in question.
  • Apply your legal knowledge to complex situations, including hypothetical problem questions, to recognise potential alternative conclusions and to provide supporting reasons. 
  • Identify the principal controversial issues in areas of law not previously studied.
  • Independently locate a wide range of legal materials and non-legal sources, read and discuss legal materials written in technical and complex language and clearly attribute the work of others.

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.


In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to your future career. All of our undergraduate courses are designed to enable you to take an additional optional year either on placement in the UK or abroad or studying abroad (subject to application and availability).

From your first day in the Law School, we will offer you advice and guidance to help you achieve a global experience. The Law School has particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chonqing, China and the University of Central Florida in the USA. We have also established links with the Universities of Liege in Belgium, Strasbourg in France (French speaking), Castellon and Leon in Spain (Spanish speaking), The Hague in the Netherlands, Orebro in Sweden, Pecs in Hungary (where courses are taught in English) and the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking).

We offer a range of optional field trips to enable you to experience the legal systems of different countries, which has previously included the Instituto Superior de la Carrera ISC in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of the West Indies in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. We also host live seminars with students abroad via web link, provide opportunities to attend summer schools in the US.

Throughout the course, staff will introduce comparative international elements and issues; a number of final year options are specifically international in focus including modules covering international commercial law, international public law and international criminal law.

Global ready

Did you know that we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA, 2015/16)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£12,600 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

Career prospects

The aim of this course is to make sure you have the relevant knowledge and qualifications to proceed to a career as a lawyer or in business.

You can benefit from specialist advice and support in the ‘Career Planning and Management’ module. We also host regular networking events to enable you to meet representatives from local firms and a variety of local organisations who sit on our Industry Advisory Board, which regularly reviews our course content to ensure it remains up-to-date.

Many of our graduates enter the legal profession in high street, national and international firms specialising in commercial and business law. Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Ward and Rider Solicitors, a local firm founded in 1948; Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.

Not all law students wish to enter the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister and a Law degree can provide an excellent foundation for many other careers. Our graduates have pursued careers in local government or the professional services, as trainee accountants with top firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), heading a recruitment desk with Hays International in Hong Kong and as management trainees with large ‘blue chip’ companies.

On successful graduation, you should possess a range of transferrable graduate and employability skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of students in work or further study six months after they left university 

DHLE 2015/16

Where our graduates work

Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Ward and Rider Solicitors, a local firm founded in 1948; Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.

What our Vice-Chancellor says…

A key part of the university’s mission is preparing our students for employment in a highly competitive global market, equipping them with the tools and skills they need to find jobs and thrive in their future careers.

These new figures show that this dedication is having an impact on our graduates’ futures and is further evidence that our staff are offering students a truly world-class experience.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.