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22.05.08
Meet the professionals

Law firms in Cornwall and Exeter were invited to meet the first group of students to study law at the University of Exeter on the Tremough Campus, Penryn. The judiciary, CPS and Cornwall County Council were amongst those represented at the evening reception where members of the legal profession were also able to view the state-of–the-art facilities and meet the multinational law staff.

Professor Melanie Williams, Head of the University School of Law at the Tremough Campus said of the gathering: “It is important for students to meet potential employers and understand the fascinating range of opportunities in law. Across the country we have already forged some excellent relations through recent work placements. This reception enables law firms in the region to be aware of the commitment the University has to providing high calibre students for placements and as future employees. It also enables us to demonstrate the high calibre of experienced academics we have on Campus.”

Students from the first law degree cohort are currently studying for their first year final examinations for the qualifying LLB, the academic stage of legal study in which they also learn about the legal system and profession and are given the opportunity to see the law in action. Students work in groups to report upon legal practice and institutions, visiting courts and practitioners in order to see and analyse how they work. Plans are also underway to provide a pro bono law clinic on campus.

Following the reception individual law firms, institutions and the various branches of Cornwall County Council legal services have expressed a willingness to provide work experience placements and other forms of support to the students on the LLB programme at Cornwall Campus. Legal professions may have been encouraged by the recent work placements in which students proved themselves to be highly professional. Professor Williams is delighted by the commitment shown during the student placements: “Our law students gave articulate presentations on their work experience, reflecting on diverse experiences which included high profile criminal trial preparation, child custody orders, support roles in local court process, prestigious human rights chambers and international commercial and banking law placements.”

Encouraging greater links with the legal profession in the region is an invaluable resource for ensuring professional experience and encouraging a diverse range of opportunities for the legal professionals of the future.

The £100 million Tremough Campus is a Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative ­of which the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners. It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter now offers degrees in Biology, Modern Celtic and Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.

For further information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email s.hoyle@exeter.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
The Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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