Simmonds attended one of the first comprehensive schools in Britain in Cumberland before going to study law at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1970. He then studied for the LL.M where he once again attained a First Class. After a Phd and some years of teaching at Manchester University, he returned to Cambridge where he is University Reader in Jurisprudence. At Corpus, Nigel is the Director of Studies in Law, and Dean of College. Nigel Simmonds specialises in Jurisprudence. He is the author of 'A Debate Over Rights' (Oxford, 2000), 'Central Issues in Jurisprudence' (2008) and 'Law as a Moral Idea' (2007).