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Dr Judith Bourne
Dr Judith Bourne

Senior Lecturer - Law
020 8240 8224

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Begin your career in a friendly, stimulating environment. Develop skills in law and another joint subject to tailor your studies to match your aspirations. 

Business Law video

Why study Business Law?

Business Law is a fascinating subject, providing a detailed insight into the role of law in modern business practice. If you're interested in having a career in business, management, HR, commerce or government, or perhaps are intending to setting up your own business - the Business Law degree at St Mary’s will give you the foundation you need to be successful.

The Business Law programme - which can only be studied as a joint honours degree - is designed for students who do not necessarily want to become lawyers, but have an interest in law and want to develop a detailed understanding of its operation in the business environment. On the Business Law programme, you will study Law and one of the following subjects: Business Management, History or Tourism.

The focus on practical (as well as theoretical teaching) means you can develop the analytical and critical skills essential for the commercial workplace. You'll also have the opportunity to study a range of specialist subjects that are relevant to your own aspirations.

With a wide range of option modules - including work-based learning placements - and a variety of assessment methods, such as simulated negotiation exercises and presentations, you will learn a range of skills and academic areas to discover where your true interests lie.

Why St Mary's?

The St Mary’s Law degree is taught by leading academics in the field, and former solicitors and barristers, in an open and friendly environment, with emphasis given to supporting students as individuals.

We work hard to help you to develop your employability skills and this degree programme will allow you to experience: an employment tribunal; Supreme and County courts; Bank of England; and Lloyds of London, to name just a few.

Commercial awareness workshops give you the chance to develop awareness of topical issues. In addition, guest lecturers, which have in the past included a practitioner teaching a domestic violence workshop and a former prisoner running a workshop on aspects of Criminal Justice, feature regularly on the programme. 

You may also have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and at a pro-bono legal advice service for the local community. You may even be able to shadow a judge at a local court.

The degree programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and the Centre for Law and Culture. You're encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events as these opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and career development.

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Key facts

  • This programme offers both practice focussed vocational modules and those exploring research based legal theory and cultural issues encouraging in-depth study and extended learning.
  • The programme's friendly, enthusiastic lecture team will be teaching areas they have either practiced or carried out research in and are available for individual support for students.
  • Employability is at the heart of the programme through active engagement with the local legal community, its modules and extra-curricular activities such as mooting, mock trials and excellent commercial awareness workshops.
  • This is a flexible programme in that students who satisfy the relevant programme requirements may, at the end of their first year of study, convert to the general LLB Law degree programme.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.

NEWS: Latest updates from the St Mary's law programmes...

Joint honours combinations

Business Law can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content

Year one

  • Law of Contract 
  • Legal Process and Introduction to the Practice of Law 
  • Sources of Law and Academic Legal Skills 

Year two

  • Company Law and Corporate Governance 
  • Consumer and Commercial Law 
  • Experience and Employment in Business 
  • Intellectual Property Law  
  • Jurisprudence 
  • Law of the European Union 

Year three

  • Banking Law 
  • Cultural Legal Studies 
  • Employment Law 
  • Employment Law in the Workplace 
  • European and International Employment Law 
  • Extended Essay in Law 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

A diverse range of career opportunities exist for Business Law graduates. The employment skills that you will have acquired should allow you to develop a career in: HR, banking, insurance, financial services or public services. 

These skills also allow many you move into graduate and specialist management positions and provide you with essential skills and knowledge needed if you wish to set up your own business.

The degree also provides a sound basis from which to undertake further postgraduate and specialist training.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Business Law students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The programme makes use of a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practice vivas, mock client interviews and interactive workshops as well as online discussion forums, podcasts and audience response systems.

The teaching team has a significant amount of experience teaching in higher education as well as in the practice of law. The team includes barristers, solicitors and active researcher career academics who provide academic support and pastoral care.

In addition to group contact time students are encouraged to visit lecturers for supportive friendly one-to-one tutorials for general guidance, feedback on work or formative assessments.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on an individual basis in a variety of ways throughout your degree. Assessments will include essays, case studies, presentations (group and individual), vivas, in-class tests, examinations, skills portfolios, reflective e-portfolios and simulated exercises including client interviews and negotiations. 

These are designed to assess you but also to enhance your academic and employability skills. They aim to be challenging but for you afterwards to be able to reflect on your increased confidence in carrying out research, producing written work and in your oral skills, all essential for the workplace.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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