Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 300*
  • Course Code AU915 (was SG255)
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

This three year honours degree in Law and Business is the only such programme in this field available within the northwest and midland region. This is a brand-new innovative degree that has been developed in partnership with industry. The possibilities for graduates of this programme are immense and exciting.


Students will divide their time between law and business, while also exploring the connections between these fields of study. Students will explore complex and key issues by drawing on a broad reservoir of legal/business knowledge and computing technologies required for the commercial world.


The law strand covers core law subjects to give students a good foundation should they wish to continue their studies further to qualify as a solicitor or a barrister. They may also pursue opportunities in emerging areas such as Governance and Compliance, Data Protection/Privacy, Company Secretarial, Business Sustainability, Ethics and Social Media.

The programme also includes several ‘professional skills’ modules which will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge they will need should they wish to explore career destinations such as In-house Counsel, Legal Executive, Court Personnel, Advocacy Workers, Disability Officers and in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.


The business strand covers core business subjects to equip students for success in business. They will analyse and evaluate business and associated legal issues encountered by organisations.

To support a growing need for, and understanding of, data, social media presence and digital change, the business major also includes learning in the fields of ICT Applications, Data Analytics, Web and Social Media Analytics and Digital Transformation.

Combining both strands, students will be given an opportunity to undertake research for an applied project or dissertation immersing them in emerging areas relevant to professionals working in a range of legal and business settings.


There are rewarding careers in traditional fields such as Law, Banking and Finance, Insurance and Human Resource Management. Further opportunities exist in evolving areas of Digital Transformation, Governance and Compliance, Data Protection/Privacy, Company Secretarial, Sustainability, Ethics and Social Media.

Graduates can apply to progress to Level 9 programmes, including a Professional Master of Education (Post-Primary), within both Institutes of Technology and the University sector.


Throughout this programme, students will obtain skills and experience through a wide range of modules. To view the modules you will study please go to ‘Course Format’. 

Here are just some of the skills we will equip you with, which our research has shown, are in demand among employers today: 

  • A clear and evidenced-based understanding of the complexities of modern-day business and business environments.   
  • A comprehensive and informed appreciation of traditional and emerging areas of law.  
  • The ability to demonstrate a comprehensive appreciation of the complexities of implementing legal frameworks in specified contexts.  
  • An understanding of the diverse and ever-changing business environment from a legal perspective.  
  • Know- how to analyse and consider an appropriate response to business challenges and legal challenges encountered by organisations and society.  
  • An appreciation of the needs of business in terms of the exploitation of computing technologies for commercial benefit, business management and business development.  
  • Experience in how to ethically undertake research activities, appropriate to the fields of law and business. 
  • Effective communication, critical thinking, reflection, independent thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills that can be applied to further study or the workplace.  
  • Professional and transferrable skills e.g., project management, research, professional writing, which will equip students for employment and professional practice in a range of sectors.  
  • Ability to reflect, examine, explore and solve complex issues by drawing on a broad reservoir of knowledge from subjects and programme studied.


Look back on our programme launch event to listen to our programme team and guest speakers, Michelle O’Boyle, former President of the Law Society of Ireland and David Minton, Director with the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. The panel discussed the key features, benefits and opportunities available to graduates from this dynamic new course. 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

There are numerous career opportunities for graduates of an Arts degree in Law and Business to explore. These opportunities have evolved and changed over the last number of years in line with legislative changes, and modernisation and digital transformation of work and workforces. Potential careers include banking and finance, tax consultancy, public administration, legal secretary, money laundering officers, regulatory affairs offices, risk management, compliance officer, citizens information.

Furthermore, as an Arts degree, the award supports and has embedded opportunities to acquire and develop transferable skills which are of interest and value to employers across many sectors.


  • Analytical and interpretation skills
  • Advocacy and communication skills
  • Research skills and Writing Skills
  • Regulatory and compliance skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Digital and Technological skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving

Further Study

Graduates may progress to a range of Level 9 and Level 10 programmes. Some examples that students of similar awards have explored in the past include teaching, where students apply to a Professional Master of Education (PME) to become a secondary school teacher.

Students may also apply to pursue further education awards in the law field, or also pursue awards that complement both fields of study such as Masters by Research or taught postgraduate programmes in the fields of business administration, policy, equality, financial management, social justice and many others.


The skills students gain on this programme are highly sought after by employers. Head of Department of Social Science, Dr. Breda Mc Taggart, explains this is more detail below.

Did you know?

This three year honours degree in Law and Business is the only three year honours degree programme in this field available within the northwest and midland region

The law strand covers the law subjects to give students a good foundation should they wish to pursue to study further and qualify professionally in the legal profession.

The business major will cover the broad world of business and students will obtain a diverse range of knowledge, skills and competencies, relevant and useful to professionals working in a wide range of business and industry settings.

This degree will also align with increased compliance & regulation-type careers, in that students will study Data Protection, Social Media and Compliance and Governance, Sustainability and Ethics.

'The Legal Professional Skills for Practice ’ module will support careers such as Advocacy Workers, Disability Officers, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).