Business Law Courses
Completing a business law degree can assist a wide range of individuals regardless of their job, previous education or seniority.
It can really assist individuals or companies in a wide range of sectors; even if the sector is not directly legal based. Let’s look at some of the key questions on doing the degree.
Where can I study a business / company law course?
There are numerous institutions who offer similar courses. These of course will be of varying quality. There is no single “Business law course” which must meet the same standards over the UK like the LPC. Anyone could declare themselves an expert and start up their own course.
So you need to know what to look for from a good course provider. It should be noted that some universities offer a degree in business law which counts as an LLB qualifying law degree. This is a good course to take if you specifically want to go into business law. There are also masters courses available in international business law. Some universities may also offer short law courses completed over a period of days or weeks.
Getting the course from a university is a good idea because you know the teaching is going to be of a high standard; you should be taught by qualified academics or professionals.
There are also a range of colleges who can provide the course. When looking into colleges you should make sure the course provider offers at least one of the following elements:
- A legal professional / academic doing the teaching.
- A recognised qualification like a NVQ or NCFE
- Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Law Society or other legal body.
What’s usually on the course?
This of course will vary depending on the course length, where you’re taking it and how advanced the course is. For example there could be an advanced business law course for people who have already done their LPC or a beginner course for those who have little / no legal experience. Generally speaking though the following areas should be talked about in a beginner courses:
- A quick introduction to the British legal system & how law is made
- Forming a company
- The different legal types of company
- The legal elements of managing a company
- The formation of contracts
- The breaking of contracts
- Contractual obligations
- How the EU has affected UK law
What are the key learning objectives?
People who take these courses should have a good understanding of the legal framework that makes up a company. They should also have increased their knowledge of the duties and powers of directors. Commercial awareness should also be increased as you begin to understand the law behind the latest business news.
The actual learning objectives again depend on the exact course taken. A course which focuses on contracts within business will obviously aid you in drafting legal documents; a general course may not help you with this as much.
Who offers the course?
The following institutions offer the course. Just because an institution is mentioned here does’t mean we endorse it. This is not an exhaustive list. There are too many universities who offer the course to list.
- The Open Study College
- Souters Training