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The Society


The Bracton Law Society is one of Exeter’s largest and most active societies. We cater for all students, whether studying law or otherwise, providing an excellent social calendar year round, as well as various sporting, pro bono, mooting and debating opportunities. We also aim to inspire and support members aiming for a career in the legal profession by increasing awareness of career opportunities both nationally, internationally and regionally. We aim to ensure every law student’s time at university is the best it can be; by getting involved in our society, students can be sure to get the most out of their degree.

There is a lot to be excited about this year – and we’re not just talking about the countless career and networking events, pro bono opportunities and mooting competitions we offer. We also aim to make sure that this year’s social calendar is never lacking again. Not only is there the prestigious Winter Law Ball, annual Spring Ball and BLS Boat Party, there are also lots of informal socials to look forward to. For those of you who love a little friendly competition, there’s also the annual Exeter vs. Bristol Varsity, incorporating various sporting, debating and mooting competitions. Whether you’re competing or joining us as a spectator, it’s sure to be a day you won’t want to miss! And on top of all of this, be sure to keep an eye out for the reveal of where the highly anticipated annual European trip will take place early next year!

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the committee if you have any questions or queries and remember to keep up to date with our weekly newsletter, website and social media feeds for more information.

Henry de Bracton


The Bracton Law Society was founded in 1965 and named after Henry de Bracton, a 13th century Devonian jurist who composed one of the first treatises on English law.

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Henry de Bracton is famous now for his writings on law, particularly De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae (On the Laws and Customs of England), and his ideas on mens rea, or criminal intent. He also wrote on kingship, arguing that a ruler should only be called ‘king’ if he obtained and exercised power in a lawful manner.


De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae is one of the oldest systematic treatises on the common law. While depending chiefly on English judicial decisions and the methods of pleading required by English judges, Bracton enlarged the common law with principles derived from both Roman law and canon law.


COMMITTEE 2017 - 2018