BA in Legal and Business Studies - Full-time

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The philosophy of this programme is to provide students with an appropriate base of relevant study in the areas of law and business.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the students intellectual capacity and their practical skills in analysing legal and commercial problems 

  • To provide students with a sound theoretical framework and a comprehensive perspective of the legal system and the business environment 

  • To provide a business insight to legal practice and a legal insight to business 

  • To give the students an appreciation of how the different sources of law interrelate 

  • To give an appreciation of how the international legal system operates 

  • To prepare students for entry to professional courses 

 The objectives of the BA in Legal & Business Studies are that on graduation students will have:

  • A clear understanding of the fundamental principles of business and law 

  • Be able to identify, analyse and find solutions to legal and business problems 

  • Be able to assist in the management and function of a legal practice 

  • Understand the sources and regulatory framework of EU law and its impact on domestic law and business 

  • An ability to express legal issues in commercial terms and commercial issues in legal terms 

  • Be able to understand, analyse and interpret financial data, apply the law to financial problems and express clearly the financial implications of legal issues

Course Content

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Irish Legal System

Law of Tort 1

Fundamentals of Marketing

IT Skills for Business

Business Environment

Learning to Learn

Personal Development

Core Modules

Fundamentals of Accounting


Contract Law

Principles of Commercial Law

Organisational Behaviour

Communication for Success

World of Work

Core Modules

European Union Law

Employment Law


Business Law Project

Business Finance

Employability Skills

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Year 3

Employability in Action

Lifelong Learning: Learning for Life

Year 2

Employability Skills

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Year 1

Learning to Learn

Communication For Personal Success

The DBS Employability Pillar, which runs throughout the duration of the degree, will demonstrate an awareness of transferable skills and their applicability in ‘real-life’ situations, projects undertaken and how they are applied in different circumstances so that students can take ownership of your own career management. Students will be able to develop realistic career plans and initiate and sustain professional networks and relationships to encourage opportunities for employment and internships. Students will present themselves and their skills, attributes, experiences and qualifications, through effective job applications, CVs, interviews and voluntary activities. This will enable students to develop the necessary skills to compete effectively for a broad range of employment, postgraduate study options and innovative opportunities available to them and further develop lifelong learning and continuous professional development.


This Degree programme is designed to be academically coherent and intellectually demanding. The educational programme will be presented with an applied focus using a range of teaching and learning methods. The programme therefore is very attractive to students and offers them considerable potential for development. Modules are grouped into themes which reflect the different areas of study involved and this is done to provide cohesion within the degree structure.

All modules are compulsory and the course structure is designed to provide students with the optimal choices with regard to further study, professional education and career choices.

Year 1

This stage prepares the student by laying the necessary groundwork in fundamental aspects of law and business.

Year 2

During this year the student will further develop their knowledge and understanding of the law and will be introduced to the building blocks of the business studies elements of the degree.

Year 3

In the final year, integration of both business and legal subjects will be completed.


Students who complete their BA degree in Legal & Business Studies may be eligible for transfer to the final year of the BA (Hons) Business - Law (Level 8 award).

Career Opportunities

Because of the broad spectrum of subjects studied, career opportunities for legal studies and business graduates are numerous. The wide-ranging nature of knowledge and skills gained by such graduates makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective employer. Graduates have the opportunity to add value for both employers and themselves on a daily basis. Graduates can test theories, apply concepts and undertake practical project work. Many will pursue a professional legal qualification either as solicitors (Law Society) or barristers (Kings Inns).

The BA enables students to sit the Law Society’s entrance examinations and students may also apply for entry to the Kings Inns Diploma course. Others may wish to professionally qualify outside the jurisdiction in England & Wales or indeed the US. Students wishing to pursue further qualifications can proceed to postgraduate programmes up to Masters Level or beyond. Regardless of students’ career choices, a combination of both legal and business training provides prospective employers or institutions of further study, with a solid platform from which to recruit.

Transfer Learners

Students who complete their BA Degree in Legal and Business Studies may be eligible for transfer to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Business - Law (Level 8 award).


The fees for Full-time BA in Legal and Business Studies are €5,895 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees. 

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2019/2020 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code   Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver's licence or passport must also be submitted.  

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person:  

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview


Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Ordinary Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level:
 Level 7 
Award Title:
BA in Legal and Business Studies
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB583

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