LLB Law with Business with Professional Placement

UCAS codeM118
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM
LocationCornwall (Penryn Campus)


The LLB Law with Business programme with Professional Placement will equip graduates with both a qualifying law degree (which provides exemptions from academic stages of professional training in the UK) 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. Professional placement would be with a law firm or a legal team. This degree is a new and innovative programme taught in partnership with Exeter Business School. The course will develop a range of attributes to enable our graduates to become adept problem solvers, work collaboratively and gain a deeper understanding of the business and legal careers market.

Industry Advisory Group

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.

Flamank Law Society

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. 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.

Professional accreditation

This LLB degree programme is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board and have a series of compulsory modules which give you exemption from the academic stage of professional training. The programme contains those compulsory study of Law modules. On graduation you can proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course. Students undertaking the programme have access to Business modules that provide a sound understanding of key areas of business.


Also available as a 4 year course with Industrial Placement.

Find out more

To learn more about studying Law and Business at our Cornwall Campus please visit our dedicated page.

"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.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The degree is divided into core and optional modules, which gives you the flexibility to structure your degree according to your specific interests. Individual modules are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduates need to take 120 credits in each year. In addition to the core modules, you can choose from an extensive range of options, a few examples of which are shown below.

Year 1

Year 2


Year 4

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Contextual offers

At the University of Exeter we are committed to the idea that all students who have the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so. We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility, improving life opportunities and outcomes for individual students, while benefiting the economy and society as a whole.

Educational context can affect your grades, and we take this into account in order to recognise your potential. If you meet certain criteria, we may make you a lower offer than our typical entry requirements. Find out more about contextual offers.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

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

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. 

Placement year

Employability skills in Law and Business are embedded throughout the curriculum. We have worked hard to develop a placement programme that gives our students the best preparation and foundations for their placement year, as well as support while on placement. Please click on the 'Placement' tab above to learn more.


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

Law in the work place– delivering further in-depth employability skills around Placements, CV’s, Application forms, Interview technique culminating in a reflective log.

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).


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.

Professional experience in the UK or abroad

Spending up to a year carrying out a Professional Placement with a law firm or an in-house legal team as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. You will develop and deepen your understanding of business and legal practices. The programme is 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 and communication. This unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career.

The placement programmes are studied over four years with the placement year taking place in Year 3. If you opt for our Professional Placement programme you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice some of the things you’ve learnt in your first two years. This means that you’ll come back to us for your fourth and final year well-equipped with practical experience in your chosen area of study. What’s more, your placement will give you a proven employment track record and extra confidence when you set out to find your first graduate job. The placement year is credit-bearing and contributes towards the final degree classification.

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.

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