Exeter Law School (Cornwall Campus)

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. 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.

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 through-out your time with us. 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.

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.

Kate Holtaway: Director of Law (Cornwall), Director of Education

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Exeter and 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: Director of Law Admissions (Cornwall), Deputy Director of Education

Caroline is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Exeter. 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

Megan Sims

Megan is a lecturer. She currently delivers modules in Public and European Law, Land Law and Trusts.  
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Charlie Anderson

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Richard Edwards

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Dr Constantine Manolchev

Constantine is a Lecturer in Sustainable Futures at the University of Exeter Business School.

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Dr Josh Martin

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Dr David Monciardini

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Dr Severine Saintier 

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Dr Nathan Tamblyn

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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. 

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. 

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.

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 with 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 client interviewing and advice, advocacy, mediation and negotiation, commercial awareness, teamwork, opinion writing 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. Our assessment methods, which include personal portfolios of work, enable you to evidence the skills that you have developed during your degree and to be confident in speaking about them to prospective employers.

There are also a number of opportunities at our Penryn Campus available to our students to help prepare for employment delivered by our dedicated law careers staff in the Career Zone.

We start from your first week

Welcome week- 1st year –– an introduction to the support and activities on campus which will allow students to develop transferable employability skills

September- 1st year – Exfactor – half day workshop working on the Decide / Plan / Compete model and encouraging students to develop and promote their transferable skills The workshop looks at individual interests, motivations and career research and how students can best move their career plans forward making effective applications to gain a vacation scheme, internships or work experience and longer term a graduate job. Highlighting the benefit of effective networking.

Later in the year / degree

2nd year – 321– Stand out from the crowd. – When and how to apply for a second year opportunities including mentoring, funding for internships, professional insight courses and Exeter Award workshops. Highlighting additional resources.

3rd year – 321– Stay calm and graduate – How and when to apply for graduate opportunities including post-graduate study. Additional support to plug any skills gaps and how students should best promote their transferable skills.

Bespoke workshops for Law students from 2019

  • Alternative careers for lawyers
  • Solicitor or barrister – Is it for you?
  • How to find and secure a vacation scheme / training contract

Individual appointments

One to one confidential appointments available to discuss and support career plans with careers consultants.

Appointment slots available for support in finding placements and reviewing C.V.s

Please note legal and employability work is also embedded into our personal tutor meetings in the Exeter Law School in Cornwall (see Teaching).

Resources

A wide range of freely available resources in the Career Zone and Careers section of the Penryn library. Please visit our Career Zone pages for more details.

Employability is at the heart of our programmes in Penryn. As such, our engagement with practitioners in both law and business are intrinsic to the success of our graduates. Our Invaluable connections with external partners provide the necessary expertise and insight to shape the design of our programmes, ensuring that our teaching is informed by best practice in the workplace. Our Industry Advisory Group meets twice a year in May and November to review programme design and delivery. Members of our Industry Advisory Group also contribute to our masterclass and mooting programmes.

These links have also helped to establish the provision of work experience and extra-curricular career enhancing opportunities, complementing our academic provision. The Group is comprised of independent members, all of whom have significant standing in the law and/or business community.

"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 Thomas, Commercial and Civil Mediator, Former Head of the Contentious Wills, Trusts and Probate team, Lester Aldridge Solicitors Bournemouth and Former Deputy District Judge

Flamank Law Society was set up to establish a law network for students at our Penryn Campus. The Society was named after Thomas Flamank, an eminent lawyer and Cornish MP. Together with the legendary Michael An Gof, they led the Cornish Rebellion of 1497, a protest against taxes imposed by Henry VII. In 1997, the five-hundredth anniversary of the Rebellion, a commemorative march ("Keskerdh Kernow 500") was held, retracing the route of the original march from St. Keverne, near our Penryn Campus, to London. A statue depicting An Gof and Flamank was unveiled in St. Keverne and commemorative plaques were unveiled along their route on Blackheath Common, and in Guildford. Thomas Flamank is the County’s most famous Lawyer, and is also an ancestor to our own Director of Law in Cornwall, Kate Holtaway. The name represents strength, courage and solidarity, but also reflects our links to our Capital and beyond.

Flamank works closely with Exeter University Law School, and also with a variety of law firms. These include local firms like Murrell Associates and Stephens Scown, as well as large international law firms like Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy. Our links give members access to various employability opportunities. We hold mooting and debating events in our ‘Stannary Court’ at Penryn Campus and take part in competitions further afield. Many of our members gain pro-bono work experience through the Access to Justice sub–group. Advice is given in community café-type environments as well as at the Legal Help Desk at Truro Combined Court, thanks to our links with local organisations like the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth.

Flamank is run by a dedicated team of elected committee members who strive to provide a forum for social networking with likeminded people and professional engagement. We adhere at all times to Exeter Law School’s Code of Conduct to embed professional etiquette throughout our employability and networking activities.

“Student volunteers from Flamank LS help run the Legal advice clinic that provides free legal consultation to clients across Cornwall, in partnership with lawyers from the Legal Advice Centre in London. As facilitators of the legal advice process, students provide support to clients that are often dealing with welfare, housing, employment and debt issues. They register client’s details and arrange Skype calls for clients to receive their legal advice from London, with the aim of taking appeals to the First-tier tribunal. Students not only benefit greatly from the rewarding nature of the work, but also gain invaluable skills in administration and client-care. Often if a student has developed a rapport with a client, there is an opportunity to accompany a client to tribunals as a McKenzie Friend in order to provide further more complex support.”

Emma, Flamank Law Society committee member 

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 h.goodfellow@exeter.ac.uk or Tel: 01326 371801

Hannah works with academic staff to organise exciting subject taster sessions with school pupils from the local area and beyond. She loves to see how these sessions inspire young people to raise their aspirations, and to strengthen the relationship between the University and the local community. 

Our Law and Business Degree programmes in Cornwall have attracted applicants from across the World, because of our focus on globally transferrable skills in Law and Business in every subject. Over 1000 international students are already studying on our small friendly campus of 5,000 students overall. With 4 flights a day between Cornwall’s Newquay Airport and Heathrow starting on 31st March 2019, it is even easier to join us.
We recognise that this is a transformative journey for each student on the Law and Business Programmes and we all have much to learn from each other. Our commitment to fostering a learning environment, which is strengthened by our diverse body of students is absolute and built into every part of the programme. For example:

  • Our informal discussions in Law Lab on the news events in Law and Business across the World , suggested each week by students
  • Our timetabled Law Firm meetings to prepare for our mock employment tribunals and Corporate negligence trial in Legal Foundations (LAW1022C),
  • Our comparative law assessed Research Project on Corporate Crime in Criminal Law (LAW1003C) and comparative law essay on Constitutions in Public and EU Law (LAW1039C)

We understand that everyone needs help and support to participate fully in learning and reach their full potential. We have developed a bespoke module: English, Society and Culture for the Law and Business Programme with our colleagues in the English for Academic Purposes teaching team, which is open to all international students on Law and Business programmes. This will run as a timetabled weekly session in conjunction with the 1-1 skills sessions between every student and their academic tutor and the core skills sessions, which are embedded into the curriculum.

Our friendly approach and pastoral care in Cornwall has been consistently recognised as excellent by international students. Please follow the links below to find out more:

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

Henry Maples, director at Murrell Associates

"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

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