Bracton Law Society
The Bracton Law Society (BLS) is one of Exeter’s largest and most active societies. The BLS is probably the best student law society in the United Kingdom. Run by-students for- students, it is open to students from across the university, at all levels of study, and from different countries and backgrounds; making it an exciting and diverse group to be part of.
They inspire and support members aiming for a career in the legal profession by increasing awareness of career opportunities both nationally and regionally, and provide a strong community for members to meet like-minded people through their busy calendar of events including: fabulous social events (such as The Winter Law Ball); Election Results and Awards Night; mock interviews; presentation workshops; employer presentations and drop-ins; a trip to the Supreme Court; Pro Bono; sports teams; and Obiter Dicta, the Society-run journal.
Henry de Bracton
The Bracton Law Society was founded in 1965 and named after Henry de Bracton, a 13th century Devonian jurist who composed one of the first treatises on English law.
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Henry de Bracton is famous now for his writings on law, particularly De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae (On the Laws and Customs of England), and his ideas on mens rea, or criminal intent. He also wrote on kingship, arguing that a ruler should only be called ‘king’ if he obtained and exercised power in a lawful manner.
De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae is one of the oldest systematic treatises on the common law. While depending chiefly on English judicial decisions and the methods of pleading required by English judges, Bracton enlarged the common law with principles derived from both Roman law and canon law.