Salford Business School
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Corporate law is a rigorous but hugely rewarding degree that gives ambitious individuals the opportunity to combine an intellectually challenging curriculum with a commercial focus.
As with all programmes at Salford Business School, the modules studied throughout the course are career-focused and industry-relevant, designed around the current needs of employers and the law profession. Preparing students for career success is a priority at Salford Business School and we place great emphasis on the development your professional skills. You will have the opportunity to shadow working lawyers and judges, practice your learning during a year’s work placement and develop your client skills by helping people looking for support from our legal advice schemes. In this way, you learn to put your academic knowledge into practice.
Extra-curricular activities, like mooting and trips, are organised by our student-led Law Society, complementing your studies and enhancing your experience throughout. Through initiatives like the CLOCK scheme, you’ll have the chance to offer support and advice to people in the region; allowing you to not only practice what you’ve learned, but provide help for vulnerable people in the community.
- Gain a knowledge of law and how it impacts business
- Earn a degree accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Develop the expertise required by the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degre
- Learn a wide range of industry-relevant skills through outside-the-classroom activities
- Benefit from close links with the legal sector including mini pupilage and judicial shadowing opportunities
- Help the local community in our legal support schemes
This is for you if...
You are looking to learn how law and the commercial world work together
You are prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree
You are looking for a challenging and rewarding career
All about the course
The course begins by developing your understanding of key legal and business concepts. As the course progresses, your knowledge of corporate law and the ways in which it impacts business will be expanded. Optional modules give you the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interests or the direction you hope to take your career in.
The course is delivered by a team with a wealth of academic and industry experience. A combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and mooting exercises are used across the modules to give a varied experience and to further develop your interpersonal skills. The optional professional experience year is a great opportunity to put your studies into practice and gain valuable work experience.
You will also have access to a wide number of out-of-the-classroom activities to develop your real-world skills.
You will explore the rules that govern legally binding agreements between parties, and the importance of informed negotiation skills in making contracts.
Legal Systems & Legal Digital Skills
On this introduction to the English Legal System and its role within society, you will look at the court system in England and Wales and learn how core legal subjects are integrated in the legal landscape. You will look at the importance of legal principles, concepts, structures, citations and practices within English Law; and develop your skills in interpreting primary and secondary sources of law including how to use OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities). This module looks at the importance of good digital skills within the law and you will be supported and assessed through an eLearning legal training course.
Students are encouraged to sign up for and complete the following online courses after the end of the module to develop your digital legal skills further:
- The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) working towards your bronze award. iDEA is an interactive programme that improves digital, enterprise and employability skills
- Westlaw and Lexis Library Legal Research Basic Certificates.
Legal Writing and Analytical Skills
You will learn skills that are essential for legal work, looking at legal reasoning and developing your skills in analysing legal issues. As part of the module, you will consider the different types of legal writing (problem question, essay, drafting of documents including letters and emails) as well as how to conduct legal research using primary and secondary sources of law to support legal arguments. You will also develop the key legal writing skills of planning, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structures to be able to produce a polished piece of legal writing.
Law of Tort
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.
Principles of Accounting
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
This module explores the rights and obligations of the citizen and the state, judicial review of administrative action, and the constitution of the UK.
Equity and Trusts
This encompasses the study of trusts and their uses, looking at both structures and remedies where traditional contractual and tortious rules have proved inadequate.
European Union Law
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.
You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.
This project develops your ability to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions within the context of a dynamic and competitive market environment. It will help you develop an understanding of the complex interactions that characterise decision-making in an organisation, and the importance of thinking beyond a single functional perspective.
Optional Modules - choose one
Intellectual Property Law
This module exams patents, trademarks and copyrights – some of the most valuable assets requiring protection in a developed economy.
This module focuses on developing an understanding of the interrelationships and behavioural manifestations at three levels of analysis in organisations, namely: individual, group and organisational. You will also explore the dynamic nature of personal, social and professional relationships across a broad range of business, public and voluntary organisations and the broader international external environment.
Professional Experience Year
All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.
This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.
We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.
Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.
This enables you to understand the nature of international business and its interrelationships. You will learn about and evaluate relevant concepts and theories of international trade, investment and the internationalisation of business.
The Practice of Company and Partnership Law
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing and management of companies, and related corporate activity.
Optional Modules - choose two in semester one and two in semester two
You will be introduced to the form, key features and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.
You will explore the rights and obligations that arise directly and indirectly from the employment relationship.
This module covers a growing area of legal practice. In today's online society an understanding of the law in cyberspace is now vital. You will consider topics including cybercrime, data protection and internet regulatory issues.
Medical Law and Ethics
This module increases your awareness of contemporary medico-legal issues in all areas of healthcare and helps you to develop an understanding of the role ethical disclosure has to play in shaping the law in this field.
This module has been developed to provide students with strong foundations of Civil Litigation at undergraduate level, Students will develop a broad and detailed understanding of civil litigation, including the role of arbitration therein. Undertaking the module will provide students with a strong capability to apply legal principles to the solution of the problems and dilemmas arising from the civil litigation process; and inculcate in students an appreciation of policy in the principles and practice of civil litigation.
Designed to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge of the role played by negotiation within legal practice, the Client Care module is a unique and highly practical offering at undergraduate level. Throughout the module you will develop and strengthen your capability to demonstrate good practice in legal writing, as well as a real appreciation of professional conduct issues arising in modern UK practice. The aim of the module is to enable you to build skills and gain a real awareness of the importance of client care within legal practice, giving you a real competitive edge in any legal and customer facing roles.
You will look at case law and legislation in the area of health and safety law, evaluate the nature, purpose, sources and development of the UK industrial law; develop an understanding of the general duties of employers and others and complexities of their legal interpretation; and consider the impact of the international and European principles and regulation on the development of the UK industrial law. The module also looks at the nature and application of various health and safety specific regulations, including workplace regulations and construction regulations.
Commercial and Consumer Law
This module builds upon the study of the general law of contract, covering specific contracts in both a commercial and consumer context, such as sales and supply of goods, credit agreements and insurance.
Competition Law introduces you to the approach to competition law and policy taken at the EU and UK levels. The module will enable you to critically analyse and discuss contemporary issues of competition law and policy.
You will start this module by looking at how the law defines ‘family’ and what family law is, analysing current issues in family law and exploring socio-legal research in this area. You will consider the current law on divorce, proposals for reform and how this affects the division of property when marriage and cohabitation ends. You will also study abusive relationships and the implications of domestic violence. Looking at child protection under the Children Act 1989 and Human Rights Act 1998, you will consider the arrangements for children in private family matters.
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Emerging technologies are having a major impact on society and also transforming the way lawyers provide legal solutions to clients. This module introduces key technologies that have the potential to change how lawyers operate in practice, with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI). You will look at topics such as data mining, data protection, how robotics interacts with the law and the legal implications of present-day issues such as driverless cars, military applications and care robots. With an understanding of the interaction between legal, technical, ethical and business issues in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Law, you will gain a grounding in the technical aspects of autonomous technologies that will enable you to perform better in your future roles.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
Our staff are legal experts who have experience of working in the real-world as well as academia, so our teaching is strongly industry-focused and industry-informed. You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting. Lectures, seminars, practical workshops, mooting exercises and case study classes are used across our modules and ensure variety in your learning experience. This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which make classes highly interactive.
Every first year law student has a peer mentor, a student in their second or third year of law who remembers what it was like to be a new student and will help you with settling in.
You will also have support from the student progression team who can answer your questions, point you in the right direction or help with any problems.
Outside the classroom
There are various opportunities to develop your practical skills in real-world situations. You can shadow a lawyer or a judge; perfect your client skills while supporting the work of our legal advice schemes; and improve your courtroom skills through the CLOCK scheme or mooting competitions.
There is a dynamic Law Society (run by students on the law programmes) which organises extra-curricular activities – including mooting, law debates and trips - as well as social events and competitions that will enhance your student experience and help you make new friends and connections.
Salford Business School
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.
A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
What about after uni?
Studying corporate law opens up opportunities in a wide variety of career paths both within and outside the legal profession.
Because of their rigorous intellectual training and highly developed skills in research, analysis and communication, law graduates are in high demand by employers. Many of our law graduates move into the legal profession as trainee barristers or solicitors. Others choose to practice their legal skills within a business organisation or develop their career in financial services, banking and other managerial opportunities in the private, public and third sectors. Even if the legal sector isn’t for you, the curriculum will equip you for successful employment in a range of business-related positions.
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Reeds Solicitors, Simpson Millar and Slater and Gordon are just a few of the organisations our LLB graduates have joined after graduating.
We have strong relationships with legal firms which opens up excellent opportunities for you to learn from and network with solicitors and barristers. These include:-
Mini-pupillage: all Law students have the opportunity of a week-long mini-pupillage shadowing a barrister at Kenworthys Chambers during your 2nd or 3rd year of study. This includes a morning briefing to go through files and spend the day in court sitting with the barrister. You get direct experience of how the system works and the nature of the role of barrister, helping you to make career decisions, develop contacts and enhance your CV.
Judicial Shadowing: spending a day with a judge, you start with breakfast in the judicial dining room, going through case files then sit in on cases and discuss the reason for the decision. You see first hand how the court works, gain valuable contacts and enhance your CV. Numbers are limited and are by application.
The University of Salford has a number of legal advice schemes which give you the opportunity to develop your client skills in a number of ways:-
CLOCK: you can apply to the CLOCK scheme through which you can practice what you’ve learned by offering legal support and advice to people who otherwise might have none. Watch the video to hear students talk about their experience.
Employment Law Scheme: available to all Law students, you can provide presentations on the content and procedure for Employment tribunals to litigants in person (someone who makes a claim without legal representation from a solicitor or barrister). You do not give advice; however, this support is of great practical benefit to litigants in person and, at the same time, you get practical experience and develop contacts.
Housing Advice Scheme: if you apply to support this, you will be trained and supervised to provide advice to tenants. You will support the community with your legal knowledge while developing your skills and enhancing your CV.
Universal Credit Application Scheme: an opportunity open to all Law students, you will be trained to support the Citizens Advice Bureau with their requests for assistance with Universal Credit Applications.
There is an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits when you can network with Law professionals. Recent speakers have included Wilf White, Head of Communications at the Bar Standards Board; and layers from DWF LLP.
LLB Law is accredited by the two leading regulatory bodies in the legal sector, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standard Board.
You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement with a legal firm giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.
You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation. Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations; some legal, some commercial – recently, these included Shoosmiths LLP, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and the Viacom International Media Networks. You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement. The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.
During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.
What you need to know
If you are looking to study Law, you will need to be prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree. There is a high level of self-directed study and research outside of the classroom. You will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing their own arguments.
In exchange for this, you will open yourself up to the possibility of a really exciting career in the Law or in business. The skills you learn will be transferrable to a wide choice of job opportunities.
English Language Requirements
Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
LLB: 112-120 points
With Professional Placement: 120 - 128 points
BTEC National Diploma
DMM for the three year programme
DDM with Professional Experience Year
Indicatively 31 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma’
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£13,320per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID 8D33