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The University of Law (ULaw) and the management school at the University of Liverpool have teamed up to offer jointly-awarded degrees in law with either business or accountancy, in the first partnership between a private institution and a Russell Group university.
From September 2015, the universities will offer two new undergraduate degrees, LLB/BA (Hons), in Law with Business and Law with Accountancy, as well a postgraduate programme. Graduates will be awarded degrees from both institutions.
The first and second years of the degrees will focus on law, and will be taught at the ULaw’s Bloomsbury or Manchester centres while the third year will focus on either business or accountancy and be taught at the University of Liverpool’s main campus or at its Finsbury Square outpost in London.
The move towards offering a business-oriented course is a challenge to the ULaw’s main rival, BPP. BPP Law School, as part of BPP University, has access to that institution’s finance, tax and accountancy schools, something ULaw lacks.
ULaw president and CEO John Latham said: “This is the first time that the University of Law has combined its undergraduate provision with business and accountancy qualifications and we are excited to be taking this step in partnership with the University of Liverpool.” Latham, who replaced the long-serving Nigel Savage as president of ULaw in late 2013, was previously Liverpool’s Chief Operation Officer.
Universities minister David Willetts added: “This Government’s reforms were intended to promote new forms of delivering higher education, and I welcome this collaboration between The University of Law and the University of Liverpool as a product of those reforms.”