Business & Law

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What is Business & Law?

Business Law is the law of maintaining order among businesses and brands. Business Laws protect the rights of the company, the people who work for the company, and the customers and clients of the company. Business Laws set the standard for how all businesses should be formed and run.

Business Law encompasses all of the laws that dictate how to form and run a business. This includes all of the laws about how to start, buy, manage and close or sell any type of business.

What courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Corporate Governance – the study of the system of rules, practices, and processes by which a company is directed and controlled.
  • Business Law – the study of the legal components of businesses and understanding the role of law in the business environment.
  • Business Ethics and Law – the study of business ethics and laws that need to be followed by all organizations.
  • Employment Law – the study of the principles of employment law and statutory frameworks.
  • Introduction to Irish Business Structure and Law – the study of the structures of business and legal requirements for directors, shareholders, and other professionals.
  • International Business and Law – the study of the core operational and organizational aspects of international business management and law.

Studying Business & Law in college

Business & Law courses are more in-depth theoretical courses that usually take place over 3-4 years depending on the course selected. There are shorter modules and options in related fields and there are courses for full-time, part-time, or even night study available.

Year 1 to 3 focuses on learning the fundamentals of law and business and Year 4 usually allows for more specialized subjects and topics a student may choose. Assessments take place through the course in the form of essays and group work projects and end-of-semester examinations.

Career options

Completing a course in Business & Law will serve you well in the jobs market as it equips you for a wide variety of business-related careers. Business Law is the study and practice of all laws related to the running of a business which means that any large corporation or business will require someone knowledgeable in Business Law making it a field with a lot of career opportunities.

You may choose to specialize in a specific industry such as government services, banking, or insurance; or work in more general terms with employee and personnel management within any industry.

Related jobs include:

  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Paralegal
  • Risk Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Administrative Lawyer
  • Transactional Lawyer

Further study

An undergraduate Business & Law degree is often the first step to go onto further postgraduate study often involving specialization in particular fields and areas of Business or Law.

Business & Law students can go on to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, and work in legal practices in Ireland or abroad. Graduates could also pursue careers in Accountancy, Finance, Tax Consultancy, Corporate banking, Business Analysis.

FAQ

Why is it important to study law as a business student?

Any student of the business needs to have at least a basic understanding of laws and business rights. This makes it possible for businesses to protect themselves and ensure that they stay on the right side of the law and also to defend themselves against unlawful actions taken against them.

A basic understanding of business law can also help you to spot potential legal issues as they come up, make better decisions, and know when to seek the appropriate legal help.

Are there any particular qualities you need to study Business & Law?

To be a successful business and law student you need to be aware that it is an intellectually challenging and often grueling process with a lot of theoretical work to cover. You should have a thirst for knowledge and a real passion for both business and the law.

You should be able to work independently on your study but also work well in a team for group study sessions which can be very helpful in seeing different viewpoints on issues and allow you to discuss the issues in a more informal environment.

You should have excellent communication and research skills as you will often have to communicate with everyone from librarians to fellow students or educators.

Research skills are also very important for both Business and Law to ensure that you are always as informed as possible.

Where can I study Business & Law?

Explore your options here

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Mariza Halliday

Business Management
Commerce


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