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:
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
This compulsory first year module develops the core skills of legal research, including comparative legal research and of legal advice, including issue spotting.
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.
Moza, FCH BSc Environmental Science and Mathematical Sciences
It was clear that the lecturers have a genuine enthusiasm and passion for law and its application to environmental cases. Therefore, 'A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection' was an engaging module. As part of our assessment, we had a topical debate about fracking. This developed my critical thinking skills because we had to consider both the arguments for and against a proposed fracking operation; we had to write an essay as a counterargument to our debate.
Additionally, we were introduced to new law terminology throughout the module. This has been beneficial because since then I have noticed and understood these terms, appearing elsewhere.
Emma, Flamank Law Society 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!
Steven, studying ‘A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection' module
Last term, ‘A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection’ was without a doubt the most interesting module I had studied.
Never had I even considered the importance of law for environmental cases, until it was made clear to me by both Caroline Keenan and Kate Holtaway – both inspiring lecturers. Together, using their passion and enthusiasm to teach the course, they helped me to excel in my assignments and open my eyes to the potential career pathways that can be made possible from pursuing with Environmental Law.
This was not a profession I had considered before, but it is now a vision I wish to become a reality.
Geoff, Commercial and Civil Mediator
I am delighted to have been invited to work with Exeter Law School on their Cornish Campus in the formulation of the new Law and Business Degree Programmes. The depth and practical aspects of the degrees, not least their incorporation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) into core subjects, will undoubtedly assist all students in graduating with a degree that will impress potential employers when seeking professional positions at the outset of their careers, the experience of which will then be put to good use when in employment.
Geoff, Commercial and Civil Mediator, Former Head of the Contentious Wills, Trusts and Probate team, Lester Aldridge Solicitors Bournemouth and Former Deputy District Judge
Jahangir, Exeter Law School (Penryn) graduate (First Class Hons)
Students at the law faculty in Penryn benefit from being able to study at a world class institution and engage with academic legal debates from the standpoint of both academics and practitioners. This blend equips law graduates with the necessary skills to succeed in further academic studies and prepares them for their future careers. The lecturers at the faculty are extremely approachable and operate an open-door policy, creating a friendly environment where you are able to get real face-to-face contact, support and mentorship that is not always available at other institutions. I made a number of lifetime friends on campus, including my wife, who was a fellow law student!
The Penryn campus offers a diversity of opportunities and experiences unique to students in Cornwall, such as learning to surf and rock climb. The beautiful surroundings make it possible to study an academically demanding course in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.
i am now working as an Advisor (specialising in Business Acceptance and Financial Crime) at Freshfields Bruchkaus Deringer
Abbie, LLB Law and Business student
The combination of studying Law alongside Business intrigued me by providing not only an insight into the structure and challenges faced by businesses in the modern day, but also the foundations of corporate and commercial law. It is this unique feature of Exeter’s law degree that captured my interest by allowing me to gain invaluable business and commercial knowledge, understanding and 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, I really liked the fact that Exeter offered a professional placement with the Law degree which will provide a first-hand opportunity to experience the legal work environment whilst consolidating and putting into practice my legal knowledge that I have learnt in seminars and lectures thus undeniably improving my understanding and appreciation of the law.
One of my favourite elements about the Penryn campus is the friendly community feel with all the accommodation being close together and seminars and lectures only being a short walk from my flat. Personally, Penryn Campus is a perfect size with all the necessary facilities being in the nearby area and it doesn’t feel like an intimidating or overwhelming environment like other campuses can do. 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 so you can easily go shopping, grab some food and have nice walks down the beach and in the forest. It is the beautiful environment and friendly atmosphere of Penryn Campus that makes it feel like a home from home.
"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