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Our student focussed approach to teaching & learning

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning

Our academic and support staff are committed to education and to providing unparalleled support to our students, who benefit from being on a campus which has close-knit and vibrant teaching communities. Getting to know our students, including their career aspirations, is core to what we do, allowing us to provide relevant support and advice throughout each year.

Our BEAR learning strategy is made up for four key components:

Our programmes are designed to build on the complementarity between law and business. There is little - perhaps nothing - in business that is unaffected by law; similarly, much of law is shaped by and spoken to by our thinking about business. The programmes are therefore taught by specialists from both areas, blending expertise to equip students with a unique set of interdisciplinary skills.

To find out more about our degree programmes as well as specific modules and their learning outcomes, please visit the LLB Law with Business and the BBL Bachelor of Business and Laws programme pages.

Our students 'learn by doing' from their first week at university. Working collaboratively with other students in small groups (which we call 'law firms'), they learn about teamwork, participate in mock trials, advise real businesses, draft mock legal documents, and more besides. We believe that law is a social practice which is better understood when it is experienced - so we seek to go beyond 'book-learning' and to give students a sense of the reality of law.

We encourage and support enquiry-led learning that enables students to be active participants in their own education. To achieve this, we design teaching exercises and assessments to allow students to investigate how the law works, to interrogate it, and to learn how to articulate their own arguments effectively. In each year of study, students work on their own research projects in which they are encouraged to explore their own interests and passions.

Outside of formal teaching, we host weekly 'Law Labs': a space for students from all years of study to come together and discuss topical issues, learn study skills practically, and to build confidence in taking a position in front of others.

Our programmes are designed with employability in mind. Learning experiences are purposefully tailored to develop skills (such as teamwork and independent working) which are transferable to the workplace after graduation. Students participate in practical learning opportunities and events to learn about 'real life' problems in law and business and develop commercial awareness, and benefit from our professional connections.

‘LLB Law with Business at Exeter’s Law School Cornwall is a practical course, whereas others are theory-based. This was a big reason for me not choosing Oxbridge’ - Leonie, LLB Law with Business student

Learning systems and support at Law Cornwall

Flexible learning

Remote, online, or in the classroom. Find out more about our commitments to flexible teaching.

Law Lab

Regular discussion fora for all students and staff - an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and ensure everyone is on track.

Group learning: firms

Students work together in small groups called 'firms', providing each student with an immediate 'support network'.

Guest seminars

Our collaborative approach allows us to arrange speakers who advance dialogue on and research in issues relevant to both law and business.

Practical experiences

Our exclusive programme opportunities provide students with experience and skills that stand out on any CV.

Digital integration

ELS Cornwall is committed to the use of digital communication and collaboration platforms to enhance our students' learning.

Experience our educators in action

ExeTalks: Dr Josh Martin, Lecturer in Law

ExeTalks are a chance to discover some of the fascinating research undertaken at the University of Exeter. Learn more about Dr Josh Martin's research into cultural heritage law on pirates, shipwrecks, and treasure!

>> Learn more about our educators on our people page