Entry Points (2021)
510

Course Overview

The four-year Bachelor of Law and Business allows students to combine the study of a full law degree with principal commercial disciplines such as Business & Commercial Law, Accountancy, Economics, Management and Digital Business & Analytics. Graduates will understand not only the legal process but also the fundamentals of business. This will prepare graduates to work as lawyers in a corporate environment.

Students complete all the modules required to support them to undertake the entrance exams for the Law Society of Ireland, should they wish to qualify as a solicitor. Students who wish to qualify as a barrister will have the option of taking all the modules required by the Honourable Society of King’s Inns through the Legal Professions specialised stream.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on acquiring the fundamental practical skills required of lawyers – legal research, writing, oral presentation and advocacy.

Professional Work Placement or Study Abroad

In year three of this course students will have the opportunity to spend the academic year completing professional work placement or studying abroad. Students will have the opportunity to apply for a professional work placement in a leading law firm, a corporate organisation, a public sector organisation or other suitable legal placement. Study abroad is highly recommended for students who choose to study a language (Spanish, Legal French or Legal German) and are encouraged to study in our partner universities in Germany, France and Spain. We have also partnered with a number of leading universities who teach through English in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United States of America.

Note: Students who choose the optional specialist stream in Legal Irish will spend year three divided between one semester studying at NUI Galway’s Gaeltacht campus in An Cheathrú Rua and one semester of professional work placement in an Irish-speaking legal environment.​

Specialist Streams 

In final yearstudents have the opportunity to shape their degree and focus on an area of study that interests them and develop special expertise in their chosen field. Students may choose one of the following specialist streams including the ‘General’ stream which allows students to choose modules from multiple streams.

  •  The Legal Professions
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Digital Business & Analytics
  • Language: Spanish, Legal French, Legal German or Teanga an Dlí (Legal Irish)
  • General
 

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, Mathematics, and another language, and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.


Additional Requirements

None
Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)

nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

60

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

5 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY250

Course code

Course Outline

Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 1 (60 credits)

This year focuses on building skills with strong foundational teaching. The module ‘Understanding the Law’ builds a platform of essential skills and helps students to transition to the expectations of a university degree. In addition to the core law modules, students gain a good basic foundation of accounting by completing two introductory accounting modules. Students do not need to have previously studied accounting and the accounting modules are optional in year two.  Students also choose optional modules in Digital Business, Economics or a Language.

Compulsory Core Modules (50 credits)

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Management Accounting (5 credits)
  • Understanding the Law (10 credits)
  • Constitutional Law (10 credits)
  • Contract Law (10 credits)
  • Tort Law (10 credits)

Optional Modules (10 credits)

Digital Business

  • Information Management for Business (5 credits)
  • Business Information Systems (5 credits)

Economics

  • Principles of Microeconomics (5 credits)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (5 credits)

Language

 

Year 2 (60 credits)

In second year students develop their skills further with modules such as ‘Mooting’ which helps develop communication and advocacy skills. In addition to core law modules students can choose from a wide range of optional modules in Accounting, Economics, Digital Business, Management and a Language.

Compulsory Core Modules (35 credits)

  • Criminal Law I & II (10 credits)
  • European Union Law I & II (10 credits)
  • Company Law I & II (10 credits)
  • Mooting (5 credits)

Optional Modules (25 credits)

Accounting

  • Management Accounting I (5 credits)
  • Business Finance I (5 credits)
  • International Financial Reporting I (5 credits)

 Economics

  • Applied Microeconomics for Business (5 credits)
  • Macroeconomics and the Business Environment (5 credits)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (5 credits)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (5 credits)

Digital Business

  • Business Information Systems (5 credits)
  • Information Management for Business (5 credits)
  • Cybersecurity (5 credits)

Management

  • Employment Relations (5 credits)
  • Management (5 credits)

 Language

  • Spanish, Legal French, Legal German or Teanga an Dlí (Legal Irish) (10 credits each)

 

Year 3 (60 credits)

Customise your experience by choosing either professional work placement or study abroad.

Caithfidh na mic léinn a dhéanann Teanga an Dlí seimeastar amháin ag staidéar ar champas Gaeltachta Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh ar an gCeathrú Rua agus seimeastar amháin eile ar shocrúchán oibre i dtimpeallacht lán-Ghaeilge. (Students who study Legal Irish will spend one semester studying at NUI Galway’s Gaeltacht campus in An Cheathrú Rua and one semester of professional work placement in an Irish-speaking environment.)

 

Year 4 (60 credits)

Students will have the opportunity to shape their degree by choosing a specialist stream. Students will also complete a ‘Guided Research Essay’ on a topic of their choice and will be supported by an academic mentor.

Compulsory Modules (35 credits)

  • Equity Law (10 credits)
  • Land Law (10 credits)
  • Commercial Law (5 credits)
  • Legal Business & Ethics (5 credits)
  • Guided Research Essay (5 credits)

Optional Specialist Streams (25 credits)

Students will have the opportunity to shape their degree by choosing a specialist stream. Students may choose one of the following specialist streams including the ‘General’ stream which allows students to choose modules from multiple streams. Certain specialist streams have prerequisite modules which must be passed before choosing the stream in the final year.

Economics

Compulsory modules for this stream:

  • Microeconomics and Public Policy (5 credits)
  • Macroeconomics and Public Policy (5 credits)

Optional Modules for this stream:

  • Econometrics (5 credits)
  • Health Economics (5 credits)
  • Money & Banking (5 credits)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (5 credits)
  • Development Economics (5 credits)
  • Economics and Philosophy (5 credits)
  • International Economics (5 credits)
  • Economics of Financial Markets (5 credits)
  • Public Economics (5 credits)
  • Marine Economics (5 credits)

Accounting

  • Management Accounting II (5 credits)
  • Management Accounting III (5 credits)
  • International Financial Reporting II (5 credits)
  • International Financial Reporting III (5 credits)
  • Business Finance I (5 credits)
  • Business Finance II (5 credits)

The Legal Professions

  • Administrative Law I (5 credits)
  • Jurisprudence I (5 credits)
  • Evidence I & II (10 credits)
  • Choose a module from another stream (5 credits)

Management

  • Labour Law I (5 credits)
  • Labour Law II (5 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (5 credits)
  • Work in a Global Context (5 credits)
  • Business Strategy (5 credits)

Digital Business and Analytics

  • Database Technologies (5 credits)
  • Decision Modelling and Analytics (5 credits)
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics (5 credits)
  • Implementing Digital Innovation (5 credits)
  • Advanced Research Topics in Information Systems (5 credits)
  • Law and Innovation (5 credits)

Language

Students who choose a language must also choose 15 credits worth of modules on other streams to meet credit requirements.

  • Spanish/ Legal German/ Legal French/ Teanga an Dlí (Legal Irish) (10 credits)

General

Define your own degree by selecting modules from the list below or from any of the other streams to meet the requirement of 25 credits. Module selection is subject to timetable clashes and availability.

  • Applied Microeconomics for Business (5 credits)
  • Macroeconomics and the Business Environment for Business (5 credits)
  • Economics of Public Policy  (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Public Policy  (5 credits)

 

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Further Education

Study will also be eligible to qualify to practice law in certain US states, including New York (provided they the Bar Exam) and in England and Wales.

The School of Law offers a range of masters degrees in law (LLMs) for students who wish to enrich their legal education. These include: (i) LLM (General); (ii) LLM in International and Comparative Business Law; (iii) LLM in Public Law; and (iv) LLM in Comparative Disability Law and Policy.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights also offers a range of masters degrees in human rights: (i) LLM in International Human Rights, (ii) LLM in International Criminal Law, (iii) LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy, and (iv) LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Law and Business programme will have a variety of career paths open to them, depending on the nature of their degrees.

All graduates will be well equipped to work in a corporate legal environment. Graduates of this degree will be ready to sit the professional entrance for the Law Society (solicitor). Graduates who have elected to complete the Legal Professions specialised stream will be ready to sit the professional entrance examinations for the Honourable Society of King’s Inns (barrister).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Students will have the opportunity to engage in a professional work placement in a leading law firm, a corporate firm or a public sector organisation. Students on placement will see application of the law in action, and thereby supplement their academic legal education with practical exposure.

Students can study abroad at partner institutions around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience legal education in an international setting and to gain a different perspective on the law.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on acquiring the fundamental practical skills required of lawyers – legal research, writing, oral presentation and advocacy.

Study Abroad

At the end of second year, interested students may opt to join the Bachelor of Law and Business International programme, which involves spending third year at a university in either mainland Europe or other countries such as Canada, Australia or China. These students would then return to complete their degree programme in Galway in fourth year.  More information on these opportunities is on our International Study page.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,733 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€3,593 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,666 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

Administrative Offices: Room 406, Floor 2, Tower 2, Concourse (Arts/Science Building)

Office hours:  11.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.00 (Monday – Friday)

Phone: +353 (0)91 492389

Email: law@nuigalway.ie


What Our Students Say

Niamh

Niamh Gallagher |   B Corp Law (now Bachelor of Law & Business)

I was interested in the areas of law that focused on world business, markets and commerce. The Bachelor of Corporate Law (now known as Law & Business) offered me the unique opportunity to study a combination of a language, business and law. It gave me the ability to tailor my degree to fit my areas of interest through the wide range of module choice. Throughout the course, there is a focus on independent, creative and critical thinking. Graduates have the advantage of understanding how the law interacts with the world around us in a business context. I would encourage students to make the most of NUI Galway and the amazing city of Galway.
Louis

Louis Coleman |   B Corp Law (now Bachelor of Law & Business)

The Bachelor of Corporate Law (now Bachelor of Law & Business) integrated two areas of study that were of strong interest to me,law and business. The lecturers were excellent at encouraging engagement and were very approachable. Through the School of Law connections with high profile internship opportunities, I completed an internship with the Office of the Irish Attorney General. This experience is invaluable for the working world.

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