Law (Cornwall)

  • Top 100 for Law in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018
  • High quality education in a small, friendly campus
  • The LLB Law with Business includes practical experience of law through clinical work
  • Excellent national and international reputation for mooting
  • Academic rigour in an innovative learning environment
  • Wide range of opportunities for extra-curricular pro bono activities
  • Employer-led presentations from law firms to develop skills and improve opportunities

Law degrees in Cornwall form part of a portfolio of programmes available at our world-class Exeter Law School. Our collaboration with the University of Exeter Business School is unique to the Penryn Campus. In addition, in Cornwall, students will benefit from a bespoke learning experience with intentionally low student-staff ratios and an unrivalled commitment to excellence in teaching.

We are committed to creating a diverse and thriving student community. We believe that this is achieved by providing a supportive learning environment, which nurtures talent though-out your time with us.

Our Penryn Campus offers a welcoming atmosphere where it’s easy to make new friends and where staff and students know each other well. The stunning campus buildings offer the very best in learning and teaching facilities, with lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technologies. The campus is shared with the University of Falmouth, which creates a vibrant mixture of students from science, engineering, humanities and arts backgrounds, both on campus and in the local area.

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 Bachelow 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 in their studies. Placement programmes are studied over four years with the placement year in Year 3.

It is expected that students stuyding 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 first-hand understanding of a professional working environment through the enhancement of key transferable skills such as working with others; problem solving; communication. In other words, it will provide enhanced employability skills and help you secure appropriate graduate employment on completion of your degree. 

The Law School will secure some placements with employers that will be offered to Placement students on a competitive basis. Otherwise students must find a placement themselves. 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).

All work placements are 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.

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. Teaching comprises small group interactive lectures and workshops, mooting, debating and engagement with practitioners.  

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. 

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; a helpdesk at Truro Combined Court and a range of advocacy projects. Uniquely our students will have the opportunity to be involved in preparing legal argument for clients who wish to be represented at court.

The University of Exeter, a research-intensive Russell Group institution, is leading internationally acclaimed research in a diverse range of themes. We are dedicated to excellence in our scholarship, underpinned by a firm commitment to making our research outcomes beneficial and accessible to others, and our research directly informs and enhances our rigorous and diverse curriculum.

Our researchers’ specialist interests collectively encompass a wide range of legal fields. We have an established research history in Criminal Law, Family Law, European Law Criminal Justice and Legal History. We are also rapidly developing specialist strengths in many other areas, such as International and Comparative Law, Human Rights, Bioethics, Environmental Law, Environmental Criminology, Intellectual Property, Commercial Law, Information Law and Technology Law.

Our location within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies enhances our vigorous research culture and study environment. We have a number of Research Centres, both across our specialist fields and in interdisciplinary areas:

We have a wide range of first class facilities at our Cornwall campuses in addition. These include: 

The Law programme in Cornwall draws on this expertise. There are opportunities to choose from a range of modules across the strands of Law and Business with an on-going emphasis on forming interdisciplinary links so that graduates feel as prepared as possible to join an increasingly complex, competitive and dynamic workplace.

Making an Application

The Exeter Law School is committed to widening participation in legal education and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background are encouraged to apply to study with us.

What does this mean?

Each case is considered on an individual basis and the information used is primarily drawn from your UCAS application form, with the information on participation in widening participation/outreach activities provided by the University’s Outreach team.

The following contextual information will be taken into consideration and a student will be flagged if:

  1. Your home postcode is in a Low Participation Neighbourhood - if you currently live in a postcode assigned to the lowest POLAR4 quintile according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and identified by UCAS in the data it transmits to us. HEFCE provides more information about its classification of neighbourhoods including an easy-to-use interactive map and a postcode look-up tool
  2. You have attended a lower-performing school/college - if you attended a school/college whose performance places it into the lowest two quintiles for average QCA points per A level student (or equivalent) (in England, Wales or Northern Ireland) as identified by the Department for Education dataset and provided to the University via UCAS
  3. You have been in care or ‘looked after’ for 3 months or more
  4. You have Participated in a recognised outreach or widening participation programme, such as Pathways to Law 

As part of our commitment to widening participation in higher education in Cornwall we encourage students resident in Cornwall, who fall into one or more of these categories to apply.

For Further information

Please contact Dr Caroline Keenan, Senior Lecturer in Law.

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Outreach and Widening Participation Events

We have an ongoing programme of events and opportunities to learn more about studying law. These include:

"A day in the life of a Law student" for Year 12 students in the Autumn and Spring Terms - this is a day run by student ambassadors. Visiting Year 12 students are taken on a campus tour, and sit in on two lectures in law with the ambassadors.

Teaching Enrichment Days* for Year 11, Year 12 or Year 13 students in the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms - these scheduled sessions will be held on the Penryn Campus in 2018/19:

  • Thinking about legal problems (Early November) - discussion of a series of scenarios across different types of law. Looking at why and when we might turn to law
  • Criminal Law in Action – Prosecution and the Grenfell Tower (Early December) - How can we adapt law used to prosecute one person to big corporations?
  • Environmental Law in Action (Early February) - using law in real world environmental problems
  • Advocacy 1 (Early March) - interviewing, getting instruction, legal writing
  • Advocacy 2 (Mid July) - speaking for a client & a mock trial

*Teachers: please contact Hannah Goodfellow (details below) to discuss whether places on these classes are available to students attending your school or college.

Insight into Law and Business Day - for Year 10 students, April 2019

Explore Law & Business Day - for Year 12 students, July 2019

For further information:

Please contact Hannah Goodfellow, Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Assistant at or Tel: 01326 371801

We believe our clinical legal education and work experience opportunities, combined with what we teach and how we teach it, develop insight and provide you with relevant skills and experience sought by employers.

A Law and Business degree from the University of Exeter will give you with a wide range of skills suitable not only for a career as a solicitor or barrister, but also in the wider world of business including finance, administration and commerce. Skills such as assimilation of large amounts of material, commercial awareness, writing concise reports and problem solving, which you will develop during your degree, are vital to a range of graduate recruiters including those in government and general management.

There are also a number of opportunities at our Penryn Campus available to our students to help prepare students for after they graduate. Please visit our Career Zone pages for more details.

Kate Holtaway

Kate is a Senior Lecturer and is our Director of Law in Cornwall and Director of Education. Kate specialises in Environmental Law, Sustainability and Business. Kate qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and spent a number of years in practice before joining Exeter. Kate is a member of the Law Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Learn more about Kate by visiting her staff profile

Dr Caroline Keenan

Caroline is a Senior Lecturer and is our Director of Admissions. She has lectured and researched law in Russell Group Universities for over twenty years. Caroline specialises in socio-legal studies – the study of law as it is understood and used. Caroline has also qualified and practiced as a mediator. She is particularly interested in criminal and family law and in environmental conflicts. Caroline delivers modules in Criminal Law and Legal Foundations.
Learn more about Caroline by visiting her staff profile

Dr Megan Sims

Megan is a lecturer. She currently delivers modules in Public and European Law, Land Law and Trusts.  
Learn more about Megan by visiting her staff profile

Open Days, campus tours and virtual tours

If you are interested in studying Law with Business at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, we would encourage you to visit the campus and offer a number of ways in which you can do this.

You can check the accessibility of our buildings on the DisabledGo website.

Open Days

Our Open Days are a great way to find out more about the University and decide whether Exeter is the right choice for you. To find out more about our next events visit our Open Days page

Offer Holder Visit Days

If you’ve already applied to Exeter and you are offered a place, you’ll be invited to an Offer Holder Visit Day during the spring term. Offer holders can book a place on one of our Offer Holder Visit Days online using your UCAS id number and date of birth.

Campus tours

Campus tours run regularly during term-time, with a limited number available outside of these dates. To find out more visit our campus tours page.

Virtual tours

You can also view the campus via our virtual tours.

Contact us

For more information about the opportunities to visit the University please contact the Student Recruitment Office.

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801
WebEnquire online