The University of Law is pioneering combined legal and business education for lawyers

The University of Law (ULaw), formerly the College of Law, today announced the launch of its Law and Business Programme in conjunction with Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), one of Europe’s top business schools. This new programme will enhance ULaw’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) offering and provide legal professionals with a deeper understanding of their clients’ commercial challenges.

The Law and Business Programme is the only dual accredited programme specifically designed for lawyers. It will combine law and business modules to provide future lawyers with both the legal expertise and commercial awareness they need to become trusted advisers. The programme will be open for entry in September 2017.

Students on the programme will attend business courses and lectures delivered by visiting GEM professors and leading business practitioners. By completing these courses, students will receive accreditation from GEM and ULaw. ULaw LPC graduates will also have the option of studying for a MSc or LLM in addition to their GEM certificate.

This announcement follows the launch of ULaw’s ‘100% for You’ initiative, highlighting its commitment to both students and business to deliver excellence in the legal profession as the longest established professional law school in the UK.

Dr Stelios Platis, Managing Director at ULaw, said: “The next generation of lawyers must possess both strong legal expertise and a thorough understanding of business in order to give their clients the best possible advice.”

“Our new Law and Business Programme is another initiative which demonstrates our commitment to innovation and excellence and we are pleased to be partnering with GEM to deliver this truly unique offering.”

Reflecting on the importance of understanding commercial needs, Alla Konnikov, Director of Law and Business at ULaw, said: “We believe developing an in-depth awareness of business matters enhances the ability of students to compete more successfully on the pathway to become a partner or director in a law firm.”

Santiago Garcia, Dean and Director at Grenoble Ecole de Management, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with ULaw to deliver this cutting-edge programme in the UK. With this initiative, we hope the combination of business expertise with legal acumen will help students become more commercially aware and elevate their career prospects to a higher level.”

In order to complete the programme, candidates must have successfully passed the LPC. On the programme, students study the Law and Business module (either as part of their LPC or as an independent course) and then undertake the courses on the Business and Management for Lawyers module.