A programme success turns 30
Manager. Business lawyer. Consultant. On Thursday, CBS Law Department celebrates a programme, that leads its graduates to many different job titles. The MSc BACL (cand.merc.(jur.)) enters its fourth decade.
The programme's mix of law and business law has turned out to be a combination in great demand by both students and, most importantly, the business community.
Christina D. Tvarnø, Programme Director, is happy to call the programme a success. She believes the reason for the programme's success is the basic idea to examine how law can help make business.
- Since I took up my position, we have further developed that idea, and today we have a very broad approach to be able to keep up with demand, says Christina D. Tvarnø.
This means students can choose to specialise in several areas, such as competition, trade within the EU or tenders.
And the concept works. Christina D. Tvarnø became director in 2009 and she is seeing great demand for graduates from the programme.
- The industry loves our graduates. I can't get a student assistant for inquiring companies, because all our students are employed and I can't really point to anyone who's available, says Christina D. Tvarnø.
The picture is supported by figures from the ministry of employment from 2011 which shows that 90 % of new graduates from cand.merc.(jur.) at CBS were employed 4-19 months after graduating. The average employment for social science graduates in the same period was 85 %.
From tenders to the IT industry
The graduates find employment in a number of different positions and industries, explains Christina D. Tvarnø. In her estimate, the biggest share of graduates find jobs managing tenders, particularly in the public sector. Another big share find jobs with consulting firms as business lawyers with focus on accounting and tax, while a growing share of graduates are employed by law firms as lawyers with focus on financial issues.
Third on the list is the industry in general, with many graduates ending up in the IT industry, in pharma industry and in medium-sized companies in general. A smaller share of graduates find jobs in the private sector as economists with law knowledge in cooperation with legal departments.