Study Law and Business

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.

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.

Our degrees

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.

Blended learning

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.

Experiential learning

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.

Active learning

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.

Relevant learning

We focus on exciting opportunities for effective skills learning transferable to employment lives following graduation. This can be in individual events

The course

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.

"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