Employability

We believe our clinical legal education and work experience opportunities, combined with what we teach and how we teach it, develop insight and provide you with relevant skills and experience sought by employers.

A Law with Business degree from the University of Exeter will give you with a wide range of skills suitable not only for a career as a solicitor or barrister, but also in the wider world of business including finance, administration and commerce. Skills (such as client interviewing and advice, advocacy, mediation and negotiation, commercial awareness, teamwork, opinion writing and problem solving), which you will develop during your degree, are vital to a range of graduate recruiters including those in government and general management. Our assessment methods, which include personal portfolios of work, enable you to evidence the skills that you have developed during your degree and to be confident in speaking about them to prospective employers.

There are also a number of opportunities at our Penryn Campus available to our students to help prepare for employment delivered by our dedicated law careers staff in the Career Zone.

We start from your first week

Welcome week- 1st year –– an introduction to the support and activities on campus which will allow students to develop transferable employability skills

September- 1st year – Exfactor – half day workshop working on the Decide / Plan / Compete model and encouraging students to develop and promote their transferable skills The workshop looks at individual interests, motivations and career research and how students can best move their career plans forward making effective applications to gain a vacation scheme, internships or work experience and longer term a graduate job. Highlighting the benefit of effective networking.

Later in the year / degree

2nd year – 321– Stand out from the crowd. – When and how to apply for a second year opportunities including mentoring, funding for internships, professional insight courses and Exeter Award workshops. Highlighting additional resources.

3rd year – 321– Stay calm and graduate – How and when to apply for graduate opportunities including post-graduate study. Additional support to plug any skills gaps and how students should best promote their transferable skills.

Bespoke workshops for Law students from 2019

  • Alternative careers for lawyers
  • Solicitor or barrister – Is it for you?
  • How to find and secure a vacation scheme / training contract

Individual appointments

One to one confidential appointments available to discuss and support career plans with careers consultants.

Appointment slots available for support in finding placements and reviewing C.V.s

Please note legal and employability work is also embedded into our personal tutor meetings in the Exeter Law School in Cornwall (see Teaching).

Resources

A wide range of freely available resources in the Career Zone and Careers section of the Penryn library. Please visit our Career Zone pages for more details.