LLB Graduate Law

UCAS codeM106
Duration2 Years
Typical offerHonours degree of at least 2.1 classification or equivalent.
DisciplineLaw
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

The Graduate LLB is a two-year accelerated law degree for students who have a first degree in another discipline and want to pursue a career in law.

The programme covers all the foundation subjects required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board to pass the Academic Stage of training that forms part of the professional qualification as a lawyer in England & Wales. Study will also include a number of law elective subjects.

The degree is vocation-facing, and most graduates pursue further training and a career in law after graduation, often in another jurisdiction (their home country). The concentrated nature of study is only appropriate to those who have already acquired basic study skills through a previous (usually non-law) degree programme.

The Graduate LLB offers opportunities for you to enhance your employability skills. As well as the wide range of curriculum based learning activities, you will have the chance to take part in mooting and pro bono work, and benefit from a range of career activities throughout the year.

See current funding opportunities.

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.

You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year. In your second year you may take up to 45 credits in another discipline if you wish, subject to prior approval.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
LAW2035BConstitutional and Administrative Law 30
LAW2017BLand Law 30
LAW2004BThe Law of Contract 30
LAW2015BLaw of Torts 30

Year 2

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
LAW3003BCriminal Law 30
LAW4034BEuropean Union Law 15
LAW3041BTrusts 30

Optional modules

CodeModuleCredits
LAW2011Gender, Sexuality and Law15
LAW2019Commercial Law30
LAW2020Family Law30
LAW2024Public International Law30
LAW2026Employment Law 30
LAW2057Family Law: Adult Relationships 15
LAW2058Family Law: Parents and Children 15
LAW2059Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW2072Aspects of Evidence15
LAW2137Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy15
LAW2138Law Conflict and Strategy30
LAW2148Human Rights Law: The European Convention on Human Rights30
LAW2905Employability0

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

Honours degree of at least 2.1 classification or equivalent.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

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 place emphasis on the development of legal skills and elements of legal research, problem analysis, teamwork, legal writing and reasoning. 

You will usually have between 12-16 hours of lectures, workshops or seminars each week and be expected to spend around 30 hours in private study. You’ll also be encouraged to discuss aspects of modules with lecturers during fixed consultation times.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches through our virtual learning environment where you can access study information and take part in discussion forums. 

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, for example:

  • essay or assignment
  • examination with open notes or other materials
  • examination with unannotated statute books
  • dissertation
  • oral presentations

Assessment methods will vary by module. All students receive written feedback on their coursework assignments and tutors are available to discuss additional feedback on assignments and exams with students as requested.

Careers

We have an excellent track record of graduate employment. Many firms target the University when recruiting new graduates and our annual Law Fair provides one of several opportunities to meet prospective  employers.

We have an excellent relationship with members of the legal profession who are in regular contact with students  through activities such as workshops, skills sessions, mooting, networking, internships, shadowing and mentoring.

Students also benefit from our strong links with alumni all over the world. Many of our alumni are in senior positions and include:

  • His Hon Judge Phillip Waller CBE
  • Steve Edge, Partner – Slaughter and May
  • Fiona Shackleton, Partner – Payne Hicks Beach
  • Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan – President of the Malaysian Bar Council
  • Sarah Turvill – Chairman of Willis International Ltd

Many graduates go on to further study in the law and then enter a training contract with a firm of solicitors or a pupillage in a barrister’s chambers.  A law degree also provides a range of skills which are sought by other sectors such as business, finance and administration.

Example destinations of some of our recent graduates. 

Occupations Law firms  Other employers

Trainee Solicitor

Paralegal

Legal Team Trainee

Juriste (lawyer)

Management Consultant

Investment Consultant

Business Start-up Coordinator

Compliance Analyst

Probation Officer

Trainee Accountant

HR Assistant

Marketing Assistant

Global Compliance Business Management Assistant 

Allen & Overy

Freshfields  Bruckhaus Derringer

Michelmores

Thomas Eggar LLP

Macfarlanes

Peer and Co

Bond Pearce

Collection Attorneys Europe

Maurant Ozannes

Nabarro

Dundas and Wilson

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 

Michael Page International

British Red Cross

Axiom Legal

Microsoft

Babcock International Group

Barclays Bank PLC

Alliance Insurance PLC

Royal Bank of Canada

German Banking Federation

EDF Energy

UNICEF

Further study

Examples of further study followed by our graduates:

  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law
  • LLM, University of Cambridge
  • BCL, University of Oxford
  • LLM International Commercial Law, University of Exeter
  • LLM International Relations and Diplomacy, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • LLM, University of Southern California
  • MA European Community Law, College of Europe, Bruges

Extracurricular programme

Our students benefit from an extensive extracurricular programme designed to build career-related skills, experience and confidence.

Pro bono and outreach

Various schemes provides insight into the legal system and valuable services to the community. 

  • Debt Literacy Project – working with school children to encourage financial literacy
  • EXEchange Sixth Form Mentoring Scheme – providing mentoring for school pupils thinking about studying law

The Bracton Law Society also runs a prison project, providing information to prisoners approaching release, and Student-law, giving legal advice to students facing tenancy problems.

Employer links 

  • Work placements – a variety of options including  work shadowing, short and long placements varying from two to 13 weeks, graduate placements lasting up to one year, work placements in China, and vacation placements with Winckworth Sherwood.
  • Skills sessions – employer-led sessions on topics such as writing a good job application and mock interviews where you’ll have the chance to have a practice interview with a City law firm partner.
  • Presentations – members of the legal profession bring the law to life. Past speakers have included Supreme Court judges Lady Hale and Lord Clarke.
  • Networking – the Bracton Law Society regularly organises networking events and visits to Inns of Courts and law firms. 

Advocacy and negotiation

  • Mooting – develops your advocacy skills while bringing the law to life. We have purpose-built mooting facilities and students compete at home and overseas, gaining valuable opportunities to research the law and present arguments in front of judges and other legal professionals.
  • Negotiation – the opportunity to develop valuable dispute resolution skills and put them to the test in competition.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: ssis-admissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Website: Visit the Law website