We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I get a Business Law Degree?

By C. Mitchell
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

In most countries, law degrees are awarded without specialty: that is to say, law students earn a general law degree, and graduate as lawyers who then must choose their own specialty. Students who know that they want to focus on business law or who want to work in the legal department of a corporation usually take a lot of business law courses while in law school, but it is not usually possible to earn a specific business law degree. More common is a joint degree in business and law.

The first thing a student hoping to earn a business law degree must do is get admitted to law school. Law school admissions criteria vary from school to school and country to country. In the United States, law school admission generally requires an undergraduate degree, as well as passage of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Other countries like Australia and the United Kingdom admit law students to a multi-year course of study directly from high school, based largely on grades and high school exit exam scores. Law school admission is universally competitive.

Choosing a law school is the next step to pursuing the aims of a business law degree. Although a business law degree program can be hard if not impossible to find, business and commercial law classes are almost always offered as law school electives, particularly to upper-level students. Some schools’ business law programs are stronger than others. A student who hopes to study business law or who wants a degree in business law would be well-served to research a variety of law schools, visiting where possible and asking questions about the business curriculum and available business law resources. How many law school alumni work in the business law sector can be a good indication of a school’s business law strength.

Business law classes focus on the legal aspects of forming and running a business. Negotiating contracts, overseeing multi-layer transactions, and keeping up with accounting and tax management are all essential topics. Business transactions across borders are also usually covered. Most of business law is civil in nature. Students will learn how to lead and advise businesses to work within the confines of the law, but do not usually focus on prosecuting businesses that stray. Business crimes are usually dealt with in criminal law courses.

Many of the larger universities that house law schools also house business schools. A student may be able to accomplish his business law degree goals by taking law courses concurrently with courses in the business school. Many schools also offer dual-degree programs, giving students the ability to earn a law degree and a business degree, such as a master’s of business administration (MBA), at the same time. Dual degree programs typically take additional time to complete, usually about a year longer than a law degree alone.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.