Law

  • Experience law-in-action through learning in 'syndicate meetings'
  • Exemptions from academic stages of professional training in the UK
  • 85% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • International outlook with opportunities to study worldwide
  • Academic rigour in an innovative learning environment
  • Wide range of opportunities for extra-curricular pro bono activities
  • Employer-led presentations from law firms to develop skills and improve opportunities
  • Excellent national and international reputation for mooting

Our undergraduate programmes offer an exciting combination of traditional and innovative approaches to the academic study of law. An Exeter law degree delivers a rigorous understanding of legal principles as well as an examination of law in different theoretical and social contexts with a constant eye on regional and global developments.The experience of studying law in applied settings, including through community legal projects, advocacy, pro bono work, small learning communities and mooting is a characteristic of the Exeter approach. We have a wide variety of optional modules and offer the ability to study overseas. The degrees will give you all the skills necessary to pursue a career as a lawyer and will also equip you with a firm foundation for other careers.

Our academic staff come from a number of different jurisdictions and work in a wide range of legal fields from the historical and theoretical to the socio-legal. We have an established research history in Family Law, Legal History and European Law; in addition to these we are also growing strengths in International and Comparative Law, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, and Commercial Law. The research-led culture at Exeter will benefit you directly, as you will be taught by established scholars and trained teachers who are consistently inspired by their research activities.

One of our fundamental aims is to encourage the development of outstanding research and scholarship. You will be taught by academics who between them have published an impressive number of books and articles and who are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Our teaching and research interests cover a wide range of legal topics. Both international and European law – in addition to domestic law – permeate our research and teaching activities and our lecturers and Professors are engaged in original research across a range of topics. You will have opportunities to study topics as diverse as international human rights law, domestic family law, intellectual property law built on international and European obligations, and domestic criminal law. We are a founding member of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) and our Centre for European Legal Studies promotes research into all aspects of European law.

We have an excellent track record of graduate employment, enjoying extremely good relations with members of the legal profession regionally, nationally and internationally. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates and we retain strong links with our alumni, many of whom occupy senior positions in the legal field in the UK and overseas.

The Law School includes the ‘Amory Law Wing’, a purpose built, technology-rich learning space which provides a highly professional environment for students. The facilities include a custom-built Moot Court for simulated legal hearings and four large executive boardrooms designed to support group learning. 

The Lasok Law Library, located in the Forum Library, holds in excess of 40,000 volumes and is open 24 hours a day. In addition to United Kingdom, Commonwealth and some United States holdings, the collection is particularly strong in European Union, French and German law. 

The Bracton Law Society

The Bracton Law Society (BLS) is one of Exeter's largest and most active societies. The BLS is probably the best student law society in the United Kingdom. Run by-students-for-students, it is open to students from across the university, at all levels of study, and from different countries and backgrounds; making it an exciting and diverse group to be part of.

They inspire and support members aiming for a career in the legal profession by increasing awareness of career opportunities both nationally and regionally, and provide a strong community for members to meet like-minded people through their busy calendar of events including: fabulous social events (such as The Winter Law Ball); Election Results and Awards Night; mock interviews; presentation workshops; employer presentations and drop-ins; trip to the Supreme Court; Pro Bono; sports teams; and Obiter Dicta, the Society-run journal.

Robert Lee, Law graduate (1986), now Global Head of Finance at Clifford Chance

Law at Exeter was a fascinating course that gave me the enthusiasm to pursue a legal career, as well as the opportunity to pursue my own interests, such as rugby, hockey and basketball, and live in a great location. The campus is fantastic and the teaching staff are highly motivated.

If you’re looking for a good degree, with excellent teaching staff, and the opportunity to study in a relaxed and fun location, I’d recommend Law at Exeter to you.

Robert Lee, Law graduate (1986), now Global Head of Finance at Clifford Chance

Law at Exeter

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