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Study business law abroad

An in-depth guide to studying business law as an international student.

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Business law degrees abroad

By studying business law, you’ll learn about the laws that govern commerce and occupational practices. It’s a fascinating area of study that prepares you for a fast-paced career as a business legal professional.

You’ll develop a sound understanding of core business laws and the implications of these for companies and individuals. As well as taking foundational courses in ethical business operations, contracts, and litigations, you can choose more specific modules to suit your personal interests and ambitions.

Taking your degree overseas lets you witness international business law in action. Seeing national differences in tax systems and employment laws will provide you with a priceless global perspective of the field.

Business law program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in business law require at least three years of full-time study, but your course will be extended to four years if you complete a placement.

Undergraduate programs are offered as either a BA or LLB. BA courses have a broader focus because they’re designed for students who don’t necessarily want to become lawyers, while LLB courses are strictly focused on preparing students for the practice of law.

At some institutions, business law is only delivered as a join-honors course. This means you’ll split your learning time between business law and another field. Typical pairings include business management, human relations, diplomacy, and history.

If you want to study business law in the US, it’s best to enroll in a bachelor of business administration (BBA) program with a specific emphasis on business law. Your course will last four years and will include a combination of core business classes, business law courses, and general education modules.

Postgraduate qualifications are available for students who decide to continue with their education. A Master of Laws (LLM) takes up to two years to complete, while a PhD can add another four or five years to your studies.

Modules differ from university to university, but here are some of the fundamental study areas you can expect to encounter:

  • Introduction to legal processes and the practice of law
  • Company law and corporate governance
  • Consumer and commercial law
  • Practical legal skills and ethics
  • Intellectual property law
  • Employment law
  • Law of contract
  • Criminal law

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Business law undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in business law

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    Business (Law) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Laws / Legal Practice - LLB University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,850 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    International and Commercial Law - LLB University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,621 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Commercial Law - LLB (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - Business Law - BSc University of the Pacific, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    50,370 USD
    Start date
    January, March, July, October
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Pathway in business law

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    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Certificate - UGP Aston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    19,740 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September, October
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    Business, Law and Social Studies (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Business law graduate programs

Master's in business law

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    Business (Business & Law) - MBA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    International Commercial Law - LLM University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Commercial Law - LLM University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Legal Practice - LLM Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Commercial Law - LLM London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in business law

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    Legal Practice - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    21,166 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Legal Practice Course - GDip London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in business law

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    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Nottingham, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 GBP
    Start date
    January
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 GBP
    Start date
    -
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of York, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP City, University of London, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,490 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,490 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Future business law careers

A degree in business law will open up several interesting and lucrative career opportunities. Your problem-solving, communication, and negotiation skills will be priceless to recruiters in areas like finance, insurance, and governmental departments.

Here are some of the roles you’d be well prepared for:

  • Business lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Solicitor
  • Corporate counsel
  • HR manager
  • Risk analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Loan officer

If you’re looking for some extra advice on how to land your dream job, speak to your university’s careers service. They can help with work experience, postgraduate options, and much more.