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Corporate Law

LLB (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Law

UCAS Code: 8D33 (2C16 with Professional Placement)

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

LLB  (three years full-time)

LLB with Professional Placement (four years full-time)

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £13,320 per year

In Brief:

  • 94% of students say that staff on Salford Law programmes are good at explaining things [source: NSS 2018]
  • Experience an intellectually challenging curriculum with a real-world focus
  • Enhance your employability with a year-long professional placement with a law firm; during this year, you will not pay University fees and you will earn a salary for your work
  • Enjoy a range of outside-the-classroom opportunities to develop your skills
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Corporate Law is a rigorous but hugely rewarding degree that gives ambitious individuals the opportunity to combine an intellectually challenging curriculum with a commercial focus. As a Corporate Law student at Salford Business School, you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in law. Even if the legal sector isn’t for you, the curriculum will equip you for successful employment in a range of business-related positions.

As with all programmes at Salford Business School, the modules studied throughout the course are career-focused and industry-relevant. Undertaking a professional experience year, shadowing a barrister in a pupillage or getting involved with the School’s CLOCK scheme are all ways in which you’ll be able to put your studies into practice during your time as a Corporate Law student.

The programme is accredited by the Bar Standards Board and by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This means your studies will meet the requirements of the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degree.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/business-foundation-year for details.

I’d heard about the unique way Salford Law at Salford Business School delivers its law courses, with a focus on real-world business acumen alongside the legal aspects of a qualifying law degree. The University of Salford provides opportunities to facilitate your development as a prospective lawyer and the international opportunities are fantastic and really give you the edge over other candidates when looking for employment.

Salman Kotwal, LLB Law
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Awards and Accreditation

Course Structure

The programme will begin by developing your understanding of key legal and business concepts. As the course progresses, your knowledge of corporate law and the ways in which it impacts business will be expanded. Optional modules give you the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interests or the direction you hope to take your career in.

Corporate Law is delivered by a team with a wealth of academic and industry experience. A combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and mooting exercises are used across the modules to give a varied experience and to further develop your interpersonal skills. The optional professional experience year is a great opportunity to put your studies into practice and gain valuable work experience.

YEAR 1                

You will explore the rules that govern legally binding agreements between parties, and the importance of informed negotiation skills in making contracts.                                    
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.                                    
This module gives you a practical introduction to the sources of law, court structures and court systems, as well as many of the basic concepts studied later in the course. You will develop key skills in interpreting the law and undertaking legal research.                                    
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.                                    
You will develop a theoretical and practical introduction to Accounting. This module will help students understand the fundamentals of basic accounting methods.  It will introduce students to the production of financial statements for decision makers in various organisational structures.                                    
This module provides you with an introduction to key aspects of the theory and practice of marketing – an essential subject for the long-term prosperity of organisations and applicable to all specialisms within business.                                    

YEAR 2                

You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.                              
This module focuses on developing an understanding of the interrelationships and behavioural manifestations at three levels of analysis in organisations, namely: individual, group and organizational. You will also explore the dynamic nature of personal, social and professional relationships across a        broad        range        of business, public and voluntary organisations and the broader international external environment.                            
You will learn about trademarks, patents and copyrights – some of the most valuable assets needing protection in a developed economy.                                    
This module explores the rights and obligations of the citizen and the state, judicial review of administrative action, and the constitution of the UK.                                    
This project develops your ability to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions within the context of a dynamic and competitive market environment. It will help you develop an understanding of the complex interactions that characterise decision-making in an organisation,        and  the          importance        of thinking beyond a single functional perspective.                                    
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.                                                      

OPTIONAL YEAR                

All of our undergraduate students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.        

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.        

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.        

YEAR 3  

This module allows you to review the nature of international business and associated environments, and their interrelationships. You will learn about and evaluate relevant concepts and theories of international trade, investment and the internationalisation of business.                          
You will explore the rights and obligations that arise directly and indirectly from the employment relationship.                          
This encompasses the study of trusts and their uses, looking at both structures and remedies where traditional contractual and tortious rules have proved inadequate.            
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing and management of companies, and related corporate activity.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Designed to enable students to acquire a sound knowledge of the role played by negotiation within legal practice, the Client Care module is a unique and highly practical offering at UG level.  Throughout the module students will develop and strengthen their capability to demonstrate good practice      in      legal        writing, as well as a real appreciation of professional conduct issues arising in modern UK practice.The aim of the module is to enable all student to build skills and real awareness of the importance of client care within legal practice giving them a real competitive edge in any legal and customer      facing      roles.            
In this module, you will critically explore the issues associated with industrial law connected to employers’ duties and employees’ rights. You will examine the application of legal principles related to industrial relations, trade union law, industrial action and health and safety law.
This module builds upon the study of the general law of contract, covering specific contracts in both a commercial and consumer context, such as sales and supply of goods, credit agreements and insurance.
Competition Law introduces you to the approach to competition law and policy taken at the EU and UK levels. The module will enable you to critically analyse and discuss contemporary issues of competition law and policy.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points LLB: 112-120 points
With Professional Placement: 120 - 128 points
GCE A level BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBB-ABB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM for the three year programme
DDM with Professional Experience Year
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 31 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma’

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant for whom English is not a first language must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

If you are looking to study Law, you will need to be prepared to work consistently and to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree.

Law and its business components involve a high level of self-directed study and research outside of the classroom. You will be required to read each week, and digest and critically analyse complex source materials.

You will also be required to critically evaluate source materials and the academic arguments of others to help construct your own logical, ethical and well-resourced arguments.

Applicants will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing their own arguments.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £13,320 per year

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

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Teaching

Our staff are legal experts who have experience of working in the real- world as well as academia, so our teaching is strongly industry-focused and industry-informed.  You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting. Lectures, seminars, practical workshops, mooting exercises and case study classes are used across our modules and ensure variety in your learning experience. This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which making classes highly interactive.

Settling in

Every first year Law student has a peer mentor, a student in their 2nd or 3rd year of Law who remembers what it was like to be a new student and will help you with settling in.

You will also have a personal tutor and support from the progression team who can answer your questions, point you in the right direction or help with any problems.

Outside the classroom

There is a dynamic Law Society (run by students on the Law programmes) which organises extra-curricular activities – including Mooting, law debates and trips - as well as social events and competitions that will enhance your student experience and help you make new friends and connections.

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal case against an opposing counsel (or in my case, peer student), and before a judge. It’s the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court.”  Charles Buckman, winner, Salford Business School mooting competition 2018 (studying BSc Law: Media and Digital Industries)

Read about Charles’ experience at the MOOT final and his studies at Salford.

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme, you could choose to spend a semester or a full year studying on an international exchange with one of our global partner institutions in Europe, the US or the rest of the world. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practice to help this opportunity become a reality.  

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skill sets living and studying in a different country.  

Wherever you go in the world, you pay your normal fees to University of Salford (which are often lower than the fees of the University you are studying at). There are grants available to help with travel costs.

Don’t be afraid to experience something new, because this is what gives our lives meaning. Go, travel and explore.” Maria Varsanova, LLB Law. Read about Maria's experience studying in Madrid as part of her Salford Law degree.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

As well as placements in Law firms and taking part in the CLOCK initiative, we were given valuable opportunities to sit in chambers and put our questions to two judges.  Salford really does fully prepare you for the working world ensuring you have the opportunity to gain as much industry experience as possible.

Kirsty Ann Mayle, LLB Law

Studying Corporate Law opens up opportunities in a wide variety of career paths both within and outside the legal profession.

Because of their rigorous intellectual training and highly developed skills in research, analysis and communication, law graduates are in high demand by employers. Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Reeds Solicitors, Simpson Millar and Slater and Gordon are just a few of the organisations our LLB graduates have joined after graduating.

Career Prospects

Corporate Law at Salford Business School involves modules that are designed to prepare you for a career in law. Because of the professional skills that are developed during the programme and the rigorous intellectual training involved, a degree in Corporate Law enables you to secure high-level employment in a range of business settings and makes you a desirable candidate for employers.

Many of our law graduates move into the legal profession as trainee barristers or solicitors. Others choose to practice their legal skills within a business organisation or develop their career in financial services, banking and other managerial opportunities in the private, public and third sectors.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We have strong relationships with legal firms which opens up excellent opportunities for you to learn from and network with solicitors and barristers:  

  • All Law students have the opportunity of a week-long mini-pupillage shadowing a barrister at Kenworthy’s Chambers in Salford
  • Students can apply to the CLOCK scheme through which you can practice what you’ve learned by offering legal support and advice to people who otherwise might have none
  • There is an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits where you can network with legal professionals. Recent speakers have included Wilf White, Head of communications at the Bar Standards Board; and lawyers from DWF LLP

LLB Corporate Law is also accredited by the two leading regulatory bodies in the legal sector, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.  

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

Placement Opportunities

You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement with a legal firm giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation.  Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations; some legal, some commercial – recently, these included Shoosmiths LLP and the NHS. You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.  The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results. 

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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