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Legal Foundations for Business

Module description

This module introduces you to law in the business environment. Law is intrinsic to the safe and effective operation of your business, and will have an impact upon operations from conception to dissolution. Which format will your business take? Will you operate as a sole trader, as a partnership or limited company? Who will you employ and upon what terms? And what if you decide an employee isn’t fitting in, or you no longer need them . What relationships will you have with other businesses? Where will you source your materials for example, and on what terms? Are you free to call your company what you like, and what if another organisation is suddenly found to be benefitting from selling your design? Perhaps your business is damaged by bad press for which you seek compensation. Maybe you suffer loss following receipt of faulty products or you lose business due to disruptive neighbours or negligent suppliers.

To be savvy in business, you need to be familiar with key areas of the law, such as governance, contract, employment, regulation and liability. The law is a tool to be utilised and vast costs can be saved from simply understanding the legal system and how lawyers navigate it. There are no pre-requisites for this module. The module is suitable for students entirely new to law and those studying on a Flexible Combined Honours pathway.

Full module specification

Module title:Legal Foundations for Business
Module code:LAW2112C
Module level:2
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Caroline Keenan -
  • Dr Janet Keliher - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module is an important aspect of your business education and will provide a foundation for any career that you might wish to pursue when you graduate. A sound grasp of the law is assumed of any accomplished businessperson, and to achieve this as part of your undergraduate study is sure to set you apart from competitors. This module will provide a legal platform in business to ensure compliance, while arming you with the awareness you need to identify when a legal professional might be required.

This module aims to introduce you to the various sectors of business law, offering an overview of basic principles while providing you with a practical understanding of key aspects of the law for business.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key legal principles that impact business
  • 2. Explain and apply business law to case studies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Apply foundational principles of legal issue spotting
  • 4. Apply foundational principles of legal writing

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Communicate complex ideas professionally

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity11Lectures (11 x 1 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity12Workshops (6 x 2 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Surgeries (3 x 1 hour)
Guided Independent Study70Preparation of assignments
Guided Independent Study54Preparing for workshops and reading around the topics covered

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Part of Solicitors Letter of Advice750 words1-5Oral and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Barrister’s Opinion602,000 words1-5Written
Solicitor’s Letter of Advice 401,300 words1-5Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Barrister’s OpinionSubmission of barrister’s opinion on a new case study (2,000 words)1-5August/September reassessment period
Solicitor’s Letter of AdviceSubmission of solicitor’s letter of advice on a new case study (1,300 words)1-5July

Syllabus plan

While the module’s precise content may vary, it is anticipated that it will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to law for non-lawyers
  • The Law of Contract
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Liability (including Torts such as defamation, nuisance and negligence and criminal offences)
  • Health & Safety at work

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Lucy Jones Introduction to Business Law (5th edn. OUP 2019)

Alix Adams, Stephanie Caplan, Graeme Lockwood Law for Business Students (10th edn. Pearson, 2020).

Emily Finch & Stefan Fafinski Legal Skills (7th edn. OUP 2019). The textbook explains how to find legal resources from statutes to cases and includes tips on legal writing.

Steve Wilson, Helen Rutherford, Tony Storey, Natalie Wortley, and Birju Kotecha English Legal System (4th edn OUP, 2020)

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