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What is Business & Law?

A course in business and law combines the two disciplines, providing students interested in careers in business & law with analytical and advocacy skills as well as financial literacy to pursue employment in both the legal and financial sectors. 

What 3rd Level Courses are Available?

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

  • Law and History – the study of the interactions between law and history and how the two have shaped one another.
  • Legal Studies – the study of the practice of law.
  • Criminal Justice – the study of the delivery of justice to those who have committed crimes.

Studying Business & Law in College

Most first year study involves an overview of the subject. This will offer students a great introduction to the foundational principles of Business & Law including contract law, tort law, accountancy, and marketing.

In subsequent years of study students will combine lectures, tutorials, and hands-on exercises with regular exams and presentations as benchmark assessments of their course progression. 

Most undergraduate Business & Law courses run for three of four years and in certain cases universities will facilitate work experiences. 

It is common with all law-based courses that students are expected to engage in a high number of contact hours with lecturers in tutors, ensuring their successful completion of a rigorous curriculum and preparing them for careers in Business & Law after university. 

A bachelor’s degree is adequate for some non-research based careers in Business & Law. For example, graduates with a bachelor’s degree may start working as accountants, tax consultants, and legal assistants. 

Career Options
Graduating from college with a degree in Business & Law will serve you well as it equips you with a unique and marketable skill set. A humanities degree teaches students to think critically as well as equipping them with invaluable problem solving and communication skills. 

Many recent graduates have gone into ‘entry-level’ careers in Business & Law working as business analysts, barristers, and legal researchers. 

Other careers in Business & Law that require a higher degree of responsibility will typically require further education, training, and/or experience to qualify for, e.g. teaching, research, and consulting positions. 

Relatable Jobs Include:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Legal Researcher
  • Accountant
  • Financial Consultant
  • Tax Consultant
  • Corporate Banker
  • Business Analyst
  • Lawyer

Further Study

An undergraduate Business & Law degree is often the first step towards further postgraduate study often involving specialization in particular fields and areas of Business & Law and/or undertaking new, sometimes, interdisciplinary fields. 

Visit postgrad.ie for more information. 

FAQ

  • What points do I need to study Business & Law?
    • Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always best to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule, Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
  • Are there any particular qualities you need to study Business & Law?
    • Students interested in careers in Business & Law will need to be able to think critically and analytically as well as being able to communicate their own ideas and opinions in a collaborative and competitive workplace. 
  • Where can I study Business & Law?
    • Explore your options here

Did You Know?

  • The Irish Proclamation of 1817 made foods like porridge and potatoes legally reserved for “lower orders of people.” Lawmakers hoped that this would protects the vulnerable communities against famine.
  •  According to Trinity College legislation, it is illegal for any student to walk through campus grounds while carrying a sword!
  • Of all crimes committed, only around 10% of them are reported to the police!

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