Meet our graduates

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.

Study with us

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.

Students studying the LLB Law with Business or the BBL Bachelor of Business and Laws also 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. 

  • LLB/BBL with Professional Placement: involves undertaking a placement with a law firm or an in-house legal team.
  • LLB/BBL with Industrial Placement: involves undertaking a placement in a non-legal setting, which must be in a professional business environment.

Spending up to a year carrying out a graduate-level work placement as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. It unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and transferrable skills for your future career. You will take full responsibility for finding and organising your placement in a legal or business setting of your choosing (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval from the University. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, commercial awareness, independence and resourcefulness.

How we support you

Year 1: Foundations for placement

Employability skills in Law and Business are embedded throughout the curriculum, so that all students in the first year develop their abilities, whether or not they choose the option of a professional, industrial or work placement.  One of the overarching learning objectives is that all students are able to recognise and evidence their skills competencies in their applications for work placements and future employment. Employability skills will appear throughout Year 1 as follows: 

Legal Foundations

This compulsory first year module has been designed with our Industry Advisory Group to ensure the development of core practical legal skills including:

  • Building rapport with clients
  • Interviewing technique
  • Writing letters to clients
  • Oral/ trial advocacy
  • Case preparation
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation

Criminal Law

This compulsory first year module develops the core skills of legal research, including comparative legal research and of legal advice, including issue spotting.

Public and EU Law

This compulsory first year module develops the core skills of argument construction and of legal writing. 

Year 2 : Preparing for placement

During Year 2, students will build on the preparatory work carried out in Year 1. Students will enjoy a range of carefully selected modules, and will be encouraged to engage in various extra-curricular support provided by our employability and careers teams. Students may in addition choose to take our Access to Justice Module in Term 2 (non-credit bearing). This module will enhance employability by introducing students to the working environment where core practical legal skills may be practiced and developed. 

This module provides training and placements to work within a clinical legal advice setting. Students have to complete a formal job application process, before placements are allocated. Students who can evidence the requisite skills will be appointed to the prestigious client-facing roles. At present the Law School is working closely with the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth and the Legal Advice Centre in London, who provide pro bono public services to the community in Cornwall. These innovative projects allow students to work with solicitors from the Legal Advice Centre, and from a network of local lawyers. Students also help to run a weekly legal help desk at Truro Combined Court.  As a growing Law School, we are rapidly expanding our placement opportunities, and students are encouraged to seek alternative opportunities in addition.

Year 3 – Placement year

It is expected that students studying the Professional Placement pathway would spend their placement at a law firm or as part of a legal team. For students who prefer to work with another type of graduate employer in industry, the Industrial Placement is the most suitable. Students could undertake one or more placements with different employers, although it is expected that one will be the standard practice. Students could work in an in-house legal team such as with EDF or with a law firm. Students on the BBL programme might be more interested in a placement in industry on the lines currently undertaken by business students. Students will be enrolled on the LAW3701: Law Placement module in both cases.

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. The programmes will develop and deepen your understanding of business and legal practices. The programmes are designed to provide a practical and vocational understanding of a professional working environment through the enhancement of key transferable skills. This experience should place students in the best possible position to secure appropriate employment on graduation. 

The Law School will secure some placements with employers and third sector bodies that will be offered to Placement students on a competitive basis. Otherwise students must find a placement themselves, with support from our work placement team to hone their employability skills. There will be some administrative support here but not the actual searching or securing. That will be down to the individual. 

The University cannot guarantee a particular placement or assistantship to a particular student. Students must be active from the outset in pursuing placement opportunities of their choice to give them the greatest chance of achieving their preference.

If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year).

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.

Year 4 : Preparing to graduate

In this year students reflect on and consolidate all that they have learned in the past three years. Students will benefit from applying their experience in their Year 4 studies. In addition to compulsory modules, students will have the option of the studying Company Law (LAW3103C and LAW3107C), Commercial Law (LAW3106C) and/or a Dissertation (LAW3047C) based on an idea, which they developed during their year’s placement. Alternatively, students may choose to hone their clinical legal skills by choosing Access to Justice 2 (LAW3105C). This is an advanced module enabling students to work within a range of clinical legal advice settings and in a number of fields including housing, debt, welfare and employment. 

We strive for excellence in teaching at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, and aim to deliver high quality inspirational content in effective and innovative ways. We have intentionally kept group numbers low to ensure a bespoke and exceptional, active and inquiry led learning experience that differs from other university Law Schools.

Lectures are interactive and seminars include debating, and mock trials, court hearings and tribunals, so that students learn to build and present persuasive arguments in a formal setting. Transferable skills are embedded across the programme so that students gain proficiency in building rapport with clients during interviews, and taking instructions.  Our ongoing engagement with practitioners throughout the design of our degree means that employability skills and prospective employer criteria are at the heart of the learning experience. 

Our programme is designed very much with the future lawyer in mind, and is modernistic in the way that it has moved on from traditional anglo centric models to bring a more holistic and international dimension to the study of law.  Interdisciplinarity is a pervasive objective across the Cornwall campus and we actively encourage students to pursue broader interests from other disciplines.  For example, you might be interested in international relations, renewable energy, science and technology or history.  Your ambition might be to work abroad where development of language skills would be helpful.  Your study in Cornwall will allow you the required flexibility to build these interesting elements into your degree.  This will add a unique depth to your experience, setting you apart from other graduates in an extremely competitive market.        

Clinical Legal Education is at the heart of our degrees. This is the promotion of learning by doing through student participation in advice and advocacy work within the community. We have an established partnership with the Advice Clinic of the Draceana Centre in Falmouth, the Legal Advice Centre in London and Truro Combined Court together with a network of lawyers to develop real opportunities for members of the public to access support and expert legal advice in the County.  Many individuals faced with navigating the legal system alone feel intimidated and confused, and often give up, thus losing their opportunity to access justice. 

Helping to address this need brings the added benefit of providing students with a clinical learning environment where real advice can be given on a pro-bono basis to members of community who really need it.  This innovative project matches expert advice from practicing lawyers in London and elsewhere with the needs of a client who would not have access to such expertise otherwise.  Advice is then provided by lawyers in person or via skype and students are able to facilitate the meetings and shadow the provision of advice.  Students are given the opportunity to learn and practice basic legal skills, while applying their expanding legal knowledge in a variety of settings, which includes a weekly legal help desk at Truro Combined Court.

As well as traditional academic essays, we use a variety of assessment methods to include reflective journals, presentations, opinion and letter writing, mock case preparation, as well as video and online communications. 

"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