Gain skills and knowledge from the best in both worlds with our Joint Honours Law and Business programmes, based at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall.
Alex discusses his career following the completion of his Law degree at our Penryn Campus (in Cornwall), and offers tips to students looking to pursue a career in Law.
Our collaboration with the University of Exeter Business School is unique to the Penryn Campus. Our modules in Environmental law, Commercial law and Access to Justice are available to undergraduate students across Campus, creating a learning environment which respects and benefits from such a diverse cohort of learners.
The LLB Law with Business will equip students with both a qualifying law degree and a high level of business and commercial awareness skills which are transferable to a wide range of careers in the law and in business. The LLB will develop a range of attributes to enable you to become an adept problem solver, work collaboratively and gain a deeper understanding of the business and legal careers market.
The LLB programme is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It includes a series of compulsory modules which give you exemption from the academic stage of professional training. On graduation you can proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course. Students undertaking the LLB will study compulsory Business modules and will have access to a number of optional Law and Business modules in addition.
The LLB may be studied over 3 years, or 4 years to include an Industrial Placement or Professional Placement in the UK or overseas. Placements could be in a variety of business settings.
Law and business are closely related disciplines, and within this programme the two disciplines are blended so graduates will enjoy a thorough understanding of how companies are operated, managed and regulated. Graduates from the BBL Bachelor of Business and Laws will have an advantage in both the law and industry. This degree is a new and innovative programme taught in partnership with Exeter Business School.
The programme contains compulsory study of Law modules most useful to those seeking careers in industry and business. The programme also contains Business modules that provide a sound understanding of key areas of business (economics, management, marketing, project management) with a unique emphasis on growing sustainable and innovative businesses. This joint honour degree is intended allow graduates to study both law and business in equal measure. Please note that the BBL is not a qualifying law degree, and further study would be necessary before a graduate could enter the legal profession.
The BBL may be studied over 3 years, or 4 years to include an Industrial Placement or a Professional Placement in the UK or overseas. Placements could be in a variety of business settings.
Teaching and learning
Our Law with Business programmes showcase the best of academic teaching of law and business as co-disciplinary subjects.
Our unique teaching philosophy builds on four key components that we identify with the acronym BEAR learning = Blended; Experiential; Active; and Relevant.
The design of the programme is predicated on a marriage of many legal and business academic and professional skills to produce a group of students with unique interdisciplinary skills.
From our students’ first week at University, they are ‘learning by doing’. This includes concrete experiences (such as mock trials and drafting contracts for clients) and external engagement with law firms, clients and a variety of business organizations.
Rather than passively listening, we encourage and support active and inquiry led learning, centred on the students’ participation and interests. Throughout each year students work both in teams and individually to tackle real life problems. Students also work individually, for example on their own research projects in each year.
We focus on exciting opportunities for effective skills learning transferable to employment lives following graduation. This can be in individual events
Our ambition for our graduates is to forge students that are ‘the most useful people in a room’. We have integrated clear law and business skills progression within the degree programme from Foundation (Year One) becoming an effective undergraduate on the programme, through Consolidation of knowledge and skills (Year Two) to Specialisation (Final Year). In each year students engage in a personal and professional action planning to reflect upon and guide their own development.
Teaching is built around a system of small learning groups, which we call ‘firms’. Students study all law subjects in their firms and complete tasks together. The firms, and the structure of support created in the programme around them, enable students to develop effective and supportive ways of working individually and together.
‘Working in 'firms' works really well. It ensures you have an immediate 'student support' network’ (Year 1 student anonymous feedback).
‘My firm is like my family. We have already experienced so much together’ (Programme anonymous feedback).
In Term 1 all first year students take part in a series of Employment Tribunals, with their firms acting as claimants and respondents in the case of Leslie Lamb versus the Thirsty House; dealing with harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Every student had a part to play be in the preparation and organisation of the case, as an advocate or even a witness on the stand.
This year, as a result of our work with the Employment Lawyers Association, we welcomed Matt Jackson (King’s Bench Walk Chambers), Katy Ponsford (Battens Solicitors), Melanie Rowe (Murrells Associates) and Robert Zacal (partner at GA Solicitors) to be our judges at the Employment Tribunals.
“I had the unenviable role of having to judge the case following the excellent advocacy of the students. The facts of the case and the relevant law was complicated and therefore I was really impressed by the students’ knowledge of the law and their critical analysis of the facts. It took myself and my wing member an hour to deliberate on the case which I believe demonstrates the strength of the respective cases put forward. I was very impressed by the students’ confidence and professionalism. The students are all first year students in the first term so to be able to present so well and speak so confidently is a testament to them, but also to the University and the academic staff.”
Robert Zacal, Partner at GA Solicitors
“It was a real pleasure to be involved with the mock employment tribunals. It is so refreshing to see a law school giving its undergraduate students a real-life, practical insight into what a career in the law is really like right from the get go. The students were very engaged …it was a great opportunity to pass on some insight to the next generation of lawyers and hopefully play a small part in stoking their enthusiasm for a future career in the legal profession.”
Melanie Rowe, Senior Associate at Murrell Associates
Students studying the LLB Law with Business or the BBL Bachelor of Business and Law have the option of including a Professional or Industrial Placement year. The placement programmes are studied over four years with the placement year taking place in Year 3. This can be one or more placements with different employers, although it is expected that one will be the standard practice.
- LLB/BBL with Professional Placement: placement within a law firm or an in-house legal team.
- LLB/BBL with Industrial Placement: placement in a non-legal setting, which must be in a professional business environment.
By studying the LLB or BBL with a Placement you will gain an understanding of the workplace and issues relating to legal and business professionalism. It unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and transferrable skills for your future career. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, commercial awareness, independence and resourcefulness, to create the best possible position to secure employment on graduation.
Placements are independently arranged, searched and secured (either in the UK or abroad). Students will gain preparation, support and approval from the University. The University however cannot guarantee placement; students must be active from the outset in pursuing placement opportunities of their choice to give them the greatest chance of achieving their preference.
Full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) will be a reduced fee of £1,850.
Work placements are usually self-funded. As the placements are bespoke and vary a great deal, we are not able to identify the additional costs with any certainty. These may range from under £100 in train fares to over £1000 for flights and expenses overseas, depending on the arrangement.
Leonie, LLB Law with Business (International Student Switzerland)
LLB Law with Business is a practical course, whereas others are specifically theory based. A big reason for me not choosing Oxbridge. Lecturers are engaging and care a lot for their students, whilst always ready to give advice.
On campus, you never feel alone. You get to know everyone in your cohort meaning you will always know someone, or someone you know will know them. Maintaining closer friendships is far easier. Cornwall is also just a lovely place to be, as someone who grew up in a city it is nice to just slow down at the beach or go for a walk.
Emma, Flamank Law Committee Member
Studying law on the Penryn Campus has allowed to me to combine my two separate passions: the beautiful Cornish environment and all things law! I have found the experience incredibly active, with so many opportunities available to get involved with legal work in the local community and further afield. I feel very lucky to have such engaging lecturers who know every face in the room, no one gets lost in the crowd!
Anton, LLB Law with Business Student
The dual honours increases employability and commercial awareness, which is becoming more important for lawyers over time. All the lecturers are more than happy to take time out in order to help you with any problems you may have and my cohort are not from only just around the country but also around the globe. Also being close to the beach as it acts as a good stress reliever.
Tegan, LLB Law with Business Student
I love that LLB Law with Business at the Penryn Campus is so practical- something that is not so prominent in other law degrees. We’ve taken part in mock employment tribunals and court cases, which has really helped to develop: confidence, knowledge and understanding of practicalities of the law.
Abbie, LLB Law with Business with Professional Placement student
Studying Law alongside Business provides an insight into the structure and challenges of businesses in the modern day, alongside the foundations of corporate and commercial law. This is unique to the Cornwall Campus law degree gaining invaluable business and commercial awareness, whilst learning the law and the interrelationships between the two. Which will undoubtedly be of exceptional use for myself, as someone aspiring for a career in corporate or commercial law. In addition to this, the course offers a professional placement providing experience to the legal work environment, whilst consolidating and practicing my legal knowledge learnt at University.
Penryn campus feels like a home-from-home. It’s a friendly community feel, with seminars and lectures only being a short walk from my flat. Personally, it is the perfect size with all the necessary facilities being in the nearby area, without feeling intimidating or overwhelming like other campuses. Additionally I love being surrounded by nature, the countryside and the beach. Especially as a trip to Falmouth only takes 5-10 minutes on a bus.
Kirty, LLB Law with Business
I love my course. The practical nature of the degree, as well as its interdisciplinary approach, equips you with the skills needed to thrive. Working in mini law firms and preparing to bring cases to court, I’ve been able to gain useful experience and knowledge about how to work as a solicitor or barrister. I’ve met legal professionals - both solicitors and trial judges - who have passed judgment on our cases and offered invaluable advice. A unique opportunity to this University. This was highlighted to me at a recent event where students from other universities had never been taught how to interview clients or negotiate.
Employers are particularly interested in me due to the degree’s interdisciplinary nature. The course name itself is highly attractive when applying for work experience. On-campus I’ve networked with solicitors and engaged with well-known law firms, which helped when applying for work experience.
Every single lecturer knows me by name and is always willing to offer help and advice. Their expertise and support is an integral part of why I enjoy my course. My academic tutor is eager to help me thrive both personally and professionally which I greatly appreciate.
Coming from London, I really enjoy the chilled vibe of life in Cornwall. Helpful when you want to study! Living so close to the beach means there are societies like paddle-boarding and sea swimming. I love living close to the sea–I’m becoming a certified mammal observer as the marine life here is fantastic.
Heinrich, LLB Law with Business (International Student Hong Kong)
I enjoy that LLB Law with Business offers a unique learning opportunity by combining the two principles together. It’s particularly great for me as I have an interest in going into corporate/commercial law. Lecturers are always supportive and helpful all the time. I’ve made a lot of friends, have settled in well… and of course it’s nice to be near the beach!
"As a corporate commercial law firm based in Cornwall, Murrell Associates is very excited to hear about the new law and business degrees being offered by Exeter Law School on their Cornwall Campus. We strongly believe in the importance of providing legal advice within a commercial context. We are therefore really keen to meet students studying the new degrees, as they will have a blend of legal and commercial skills that will set them apart from the competition when it comes to work experience and training contract applications.”
Henry Maples, director at Murrell Associates