Law and Business at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

The LLB Law and Business is a specialist course that allows you to study towards a career in legal practice and business. Alongside the main law curriculum, including the seven foundations of legal knowledge essential for professional qualification, you will also gain a foundation in management and business concepts, including:

  • strategy
  • finance
  • people management.
With strong links to both the legal profession and the field of business and management, this LLB Law and Business provides you with outstanding opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to fulfil your career goals in this field. From law clinics to progression agreements with major vocational training institutions, you will be supported throughout your career journey during your time at Birkbeck. This course satisfies the first stage of professional qualification laid down by the Bar Standard’s Board. It also provides a foundation for the Functioning Legal Knowledge tested on the Single Qualifying Exam (Part One) set by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority. Teaching on this LLB Law and Business is very flexible to respond to the needs of our students - depending on the module, we may offer classes in the daytime, evening, on campus or online. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • Birkbeck is a leading international centre for world-class legal teaching, research and scholarship. You will be taught by field-leading academic staff, alongside experienced solicitors, barristers and judges from across the legal sector.
  • Career development and skills enhancement are a key part of studying this course. You will have access to a huge range of careers support including Birkbeck's Careers Service, Birkbeck Talent and Birkbeck Futures. This comprehensive support links our students and recent graduates with top UK employers and offers you help with job applications, interviews and career planning.
  • As a Birkbeck law student, you will be able to take part in our Legal Practice Conversation series. In these workshops, lawyers and Birkbeck graduates discuss their work and offer advice and inspiration to students looking to pursue a law career. Recent speakers have discussed the Pfizer/AstraZeneca takeover bid, international human rights, sports law, and litigation brought on behalf of veterans of the 1950s nuclear testing programme on Christmas Island.
Careers and employability A law degree from Birkbeck will provide you with a broad range of transferable skills, as well as knowledge and understanding of the English legal system that will be relevant within a diverse range of jobs and roles. LLB Law and Business graduates can follow career paths in the following kinds of role:
  • barrister
  • solicitor
  • paralegal and legal assistant
  • advocate
  • policy researcher
  • corporate roles in multiple sectors.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond.  At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Depending on the module, assessment for this course is through independent research essays, problem scenario essays, seen and unseen exams, workbooks, group work, presentations, reflective journals and creative and critical thinking exercises.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Studies with a minimum mark of 50% guarantees entry to the LLB with optional credit for a first-year module. Our Certificate of Higher Education in Criminology also allows entry to Year 1 of this degree.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

You will need to complete a written exercise in reasoning and analysis and attend an admissions event.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6935 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6935 Year 1
Scotland £6935 Year 1
Wales £6935 Year 1
International £13215 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Law and Business at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS