What is business law?
Business law is a very broad area of the industry that is centred around laws that govern business and commerce. There are two main areas of business law:
- The regulation of organisations through laws of partnership, company, bankruptcy, and agency
- The regulation of commercial transactions through contract law, for example, handling legal issues including intellectual property, fraud, illegal trading etc.
Whilst studying business law, you may choose to specialise in a certain field of personal interest or instead gain a broad subject overview, and you do not necessarily have to want to become a lawyer to study business law. You may have an interest in how legal practice influences the business environment, or be interested in setting up your own business and would like to gain a thorough legal grounding alongside your business specialism.
At the University of Strathclyde, BA (Hons) Business Law is offered as part of a joint honours degree. You’ll gain an awareness of law and the legal implications of business operations, whilst also gaining an insight into other subjects to suit your interests and needs. These will include economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, human resource management and marketing. On completion of this degree, you will also have the opportunity to progress to the LLB Law (Graduate Entry) degree at Strathclyde.
Career progression opportunities
Business law graduates progress to varied roles including government services, banking, insurance, management and administration. Specific roles include business lawyer, paralegal, finance analyst, risk analyst, management consultant, operations manager, to name just a few. For those that choose to progress straight into the business arena, you’ll have gained a wealth of valuable skills which are highly valued by employers.
Studying business law will develop excellent writing, problem-solving and analytical skills, alongside strong communication, negotiation and presentations skills. You will also develop the ability to interpret and explain complex information both verbally and in writing – a key attribute when in the world of business. As a business law student you’ll have the opportunity to practice these key skills in real-life scenarios, further improving your future employability.
Alternatively, you may decide to continue with your studies, embarking on a graduate LLB degree, or choosing to undertake a masters degree in an area of personal interest. Many business law students choose this route, opting to further their studies and develop their specialised knowledge in certain field.
Business law graduates: specific career opportunities
We’ve outlined a few key roles that business law graduates embark on below:
- Management consultant – if you’d like to provide businesses with advice to aid their performance, then this role may be for you. Management consultants work with a wide range of businesses across a variety of sectors to help solve problems and encourage growth.
- Operations manager – if processes and systems are your thing, then you may be interested in a career in operation management. Specific duties include strategy, procurement, resourcing and compliance.
- Business lawyer – the role of business lawyer varies within organisations, however they focus their practice on issues that directly impact on businesses, including taxation, transactions and intellectual property. Business lawyers need critical thinking, negotiating skills, analytical reasoning and excellent written skills.
- Paralegal – the daily activities of a paralegal vary depending on their area of specialisation and level of experience. However, the daily role generally involves preparing legal documents, conducting research, arranging interviews and meetings, administrational duties and general office tasks. This vital role is key to support lawyers in their work.
Why study business law at Strathclyde?
As a business law student at the University of Strathclyde you’ll be attending the Scottish University of the Year (The Times Good University Guide 2020) and study at one of only 90 business schools in the world (MBA Today News 2019) holding triple accreditation status (accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS). The Law School ranks 11th out of 103 UK law schools (Complete University Guide 2020).
With five-star facilities (QS Stars University Ratings 2017-20), students at Strathclyde have access to the oldest and biggest law clinic in Scotland, plus will have access to the Andersonian Library, one of the finest in Scotland, offering a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs.
For international students looking to gain entry to one of the business law joint honours undergraduate degrees the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers the perfect route. Completion of our Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Business and Social Sciences prepares you to progress on to one of the below business law degrees:
- Business Analysis and Technology & Business Law BA (Hons)
- Business Enterprise & Business Law BA (Hons)
- Economics & Business Law BA (Hons)
- Finance & Business Law BA (Hons)
- Hospitality and Tourism Management & Business Law BA (Hons)
- Human Resource Management & Business Law BA (Hons)
- Marketing & Business Law BA (Hons)
While studying the pathway programme, you will have the opportunity to study a combination of core modules and business-related modules, focusing on the academic areas most relevant to your chosen progression degree. Because you’ll be aiming to study a joint degree, you will be given the option to choose from social sciences route modules, such as international relations, law, politics, psychology and education. Business route modules include accounting and finance, economics, human resources, marketing and operations, etc.
By studying at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre you will be giving your career the best start possible. Strathclyde is rated 5 stars for employability (QS Stars University Ratings 2017-20), with 94% of students in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation.
Our CareerAhead service can provide you with excellent advice and support during your studies with help around part-time work, work placements and future careers.