JUR 3641 Business Law for Accountants

JUR 3641 Business Law for Accountants

Course code: 
JUR 3641
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Kari Birkeland
Course name in Norwegian: 
Rettslære for regnskapsførere
Product category: 
Bachelor of Bus.Adm. with Accounting - Programme Courses
2023 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

This course is included in the statutory study plan for obtaining approval as a Norwegian authorized accountant. The study satisfies requirements in the Accounting Regulations of 8 February 1999 No. 196 (educational requirements for an authorized accountant).

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

During the course the students will acquire the necessary legal understanding of key issues in the legislation of importance to the profession as accountant. The course will give the students an introduction to the legal method and selected general private law issues and issues. The course will give the students insight into the general legal framework for the exercise of business activity and the legal rules that are of particular importance for the organization and exercise of such activities.

Learning outcomes - Skills

Students will be able to identify legal issues within the given topics and be able to analyze a problem complex rooted in legal sources. The students should be able to account for key legal and responsibility responsibilities related to the accountant's professional work tasks.

General Competence

Students will be able to acquire legal and ethical thinking, i.e. ethical traditions, norms and values in modern society. This will contribute to increased understanding of laws, regulations and practices, and develop the students' ability to relate to ethical and legal issues in a conscious manner. In addition, the students should be familiar with the grey area that is outside the clearly defined rules and the ethical principles established by legal standards in the legislation, and have a conscious attitude to how these can be handled in practice.

Course content

Company law
The Partnerships Act and the Companies Act with a special emphasis on mortgage rules, decision-making processes, distributions, practice of authority and company representation. Related issues are also discussed such as the law of business names and registration.

Financial crime
Selected parts of the Criminal Code, the Accounting Act, the Value Added Tax Act.

Debt negotiations and bankruptcy
An introduction is given to the main rules of the debt enforcement law and an overall presentation of the law of bankruptcy with a special emphasis on the bankruptcy terms, annulment rules and the debtor in bankruptcy's contractual obligations. A review of the economic terms for spouses/cohabitants with the main emphasis on the rules that are important for their creditors will also be given.

Employment law
An introduction to rules that apply to the individual workplace whether regarding both employers and employees.

Monetary claims
They shall have a good understanding of the rules concerning negotiable instruments in the law on debentures and the law on financial agreements.

Contract law
They shall have god understanding in mechanisms for the signing of contracts, power and representation, interpretation and completion of contracts and nullity and modification

Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of 45 contact hours altogether. Students are expected to have studied the relevant syllabus material and rules of law to be covered in each lecture in advance. 

During the semester two assignments will be set, and the students are given the opportunity to hand them in for feedback. The assignments are not mandatory.

In course delivery as online courses, lecturer will, in collaboration with the student administration, organize an appropriate course implementation, combining different learning activities and digital elements on the learning platform. Online students are also offered a study guide that will contribute to progression and overview. Total recommended time spent for completing the course also applies here.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

The course requires knowledge corresponding to the following courses or eqivalent:
JUR 3420 Business Law or JUR 3430 Marketing Law.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Support materials: 
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Digital resource: Lovdata Pro (Digital Exam Mode)
  • Laws and regulations
5 Hour(s)
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Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
45 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
45 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
45 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
60 Hour(s)
5 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.