|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34|
Law at Exeter
Find out why studying at the University of Exeter Law School is a fantastic choice.
A Law degree from the University of Exeter offers a unique blend of academic rigour; including critical, theoretical and reflective dimensions; from a Times Higher Education Global 100 university that is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group; with the excitement of experiencing the law in action.
Our programmes are taught with a legal profession-facing emphasis on substantive content that is of real-life relevance, whilst developing the academic and practical skills required by the legal profession and employers more generally. In addition, the Exeter Law School challenges its undergraduate law students to maximise their potential. We seek to further the development of its students as independent learners, researchers and problem solvers by placing greater responsibility on individual students, by way of student-centred and problem-based learning, with increased academic and other support in the structure and delivery of our programmes.
We aim to offer as many activities as possible to help broaden career development and equip students with the skills employers find most valuable. These include team building, employer visits, mooting, pro bono and skills sessions (such as advocacy and negotiation), which provide many opportunities to gain transferable skills and to meet and interact with potential employers.
Problem-based learning will help students apply what you have learned in lectures to real-world situations, while developing professional and practical skills from the very beginning of your degree. In Year 1 Law students will work in ‘syndicates’ – allocated study groups of about 12 students. You will initially be mentored by a Peer Tutor (usually a Year 2 Law undergraduate). You will have the opportunity to work on a varied case load throughout the academic year; working on your own and with all or some of the members of your syndicate.
Study abroad opportunities are available for high achieving students on a competitive basis.
There is a wealth of support in the Law School along with excellent teaching. The opportunities available here have really shaped my degree, such as the international study programme which is enabling me to study in the USA for a year! Furthermore, the University provides plenty of employability events, both locally and further afield such as visits to the Supreme Court or the London offices of Slaughter and May. Importantly, the faculty is constantly seeking to improve our student experience. I feel privileged to study at a university offering such a dynamic and contemporary degree.
Lauren Birt, LLB Law.
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 third year, you may also choose to take 30 credits in a subject outside law, subject to prior approval.
|LAW1035||Constitutional and Administrative Law||30|
|LAW2034||European Union Law||30|
|LAW2015||Law of Torts||30|
You will choose optional modules worth 120 credits. If you wish, you may substitute 30 law credits for options in another subject.
|LAW3007||Criminal Law and Theory: Part I Foundations||15|
|LAW3010||The Lawyer, Ethics and Popular Culture||15|
|LAW3011||Gender, Sexuality and Law||15|
|LAW3024||Public International Law||30|
|LAW3032||Law of Obligations II||30|
|LAW3047A||Comparative Law Dissertation||30|
|LAW3051||French Law of Contracts||30|
|LAW3059||Alternative Dispute Resolution||15|
|LAW3066||Medical Ethics and Law||15|
|LAW3068||Law and Literature||15|
|LAW3072||Aspects of Evidence||15|
|LAW3083||Company Law Foundation||15|
|LAW3133||Environment and Planning Law||15|
|LAW3134||Forensic Speech and Language||15|
|LAW3135||Corporate Social Responsibility and Law||15|
|LAW3137||Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy||15|
|LAW3146||International Law, Conflict and Strategy||30|
|LAW3146A||International Law, Conflict and Strategy (PIL)||30|
|LAW3148||Human Rights Law: The European Convention On Human Rights||30|
|LAW3149||Literature and Legal Philosophy||30|
|LAW3151A||Research Paper (Term 1)||30|
|LAW3151B||Research Paper (Term 2)||30|
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.
Entry requirements 2017
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
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 .
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 considerable emphasis on the development of legal skills and elements of legal research, problem analysis, teamwork, legal writing and reasoning, negotiating and advocacy. Our Peer Tutors offer a peer mentoring scheme during your first year, led by student volunteers.
You will usually have between 10-12 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.
Our Legal Assistance Programme offers a range of pro bono opportunities to provide valuable career experience. These include the Community Law Clinic, where you can help members of the public gain legal advice and information; the Stop Abuse for Everyone charity, providing support and mediation for victims of abuse; the Student Appeals Project which investigates cases subject to appeal; and the Judicial Shadowing Programme, where you can ‘play judge.’
The student-run Bracton Law Society is very active, organising not only social events but also visits from city and other lawyers, several pro bono activities in addition to mooting competitions, at which we have been internationally successful.
You will usually have around 10 hours of lectures, syndicates or seminars each week, as well as the opportunity to attend a ‘surgery’ with a subject tutor, and be expected to spend around 30-40 hours in private study.
We will assess your progress in a variety of ways to allow you to fully demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have acquired during yours studies.
In the first year you will undertake assessments that are predominantly examination based. Examinations are not simply tests of memory: they are designed to test your ability to argue persuasively and to apply the law correctly in a given situation. Therefore, in some modules you may be permitted to bring unannotated statute books into the examination while in others, your full notes are permitted. As you progress through the degree you will be assessed in a greater variety of ways. Thus you may be called upon to make oral presentations or work collaboratively with others. Similarly, you may be required to produce the sort of written work that you might find in legal practice such as an opinion or ‘skeleton’ arguments.
Your first year doesn’t will not count towards your final degree classification, but you do will have to pass it in order to progress to the second year. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.
Limited places are available on our LLB with International Study and are awarded to high achieving students following completion of their first year of study.
This four-year programme provides you with the opportunity to spend your third year abroad in a law faculty in Australia, Singapore, Canada or the USA. Like all of our LLB programmes, our LLB with International Study programme is fully accredited by the Law Society and covers all the foundation subjects required to pass the Academic Stage that forms part of the professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor. On graduation you will be able to proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Barrister's Bar Professional Training Course.
This programme is not available for direct entry through UCAS. You may be able to transfer onto the LLB with International Study at the end of the first year if you get marks equivalent to at least a 2:1 in the first year modules and are successful at interview. Each year a small number of places are offered on a competitive basis. Providing you maintain high academic levels during your second year, you can expect to spend your third year overseas in one of the following institutions (subject to review):
|Australia||University of Wollongong|
|Canada||University of Carleton|
|Singapore||Singapore Management University|
|USA||University of Connecticut|
Your brilliant career
Find out how we can help you build your brilliant career.
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 and networking.
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.
|Occupation||Law firms||Other employers|
Legal Team Trainee
Business Start-up Coordinator
Global Compliance Business Management Assistant
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer
Thomas Eggar LLP
Peer and Co
Collection Attorneys Europe
Dundas and Wilson
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Michael Page International
British Red Cross
Babcock International Group
Barclays Bank PLC
Alliance Insurance PLC
Royal Bank of Canada
German Banking Federation
Examples of further study followed by our graduates:
- Bar Professional Training Course, Inns of Court School of Law
- Legal Practice Course, University 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
Developing your skills and career prospects
The School of Law provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our building brilliant careers web pages for more information.
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. The Law School is currently reviewing its pro bono and employability activities to ensure that a range of activities are available to Law students. Further details of those activities will be available in due course.
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.
Links with employers
Work placements – a variety of activities may be available 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.
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 student 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.
I wanted to study law so that I could become a solicitor. In order to do this, I needed a good degree result and a training contract. I chose Exeter because of the quality of its law degree and the fact that Exeter law graduates are well regarded by legal firms. During my time here, I have really enjoyed the course. The lecturers are interested and approachable, making it easy to get the most out of your degree.
Many of the big legal firms come to Exeter to give presentations and to attend the Law Fair. This is a great way to make initial contacts and make yourself known to recruiters. We have a fantastic careers service and I received support with preparing my CV, checking application forms and interview technique. If you combine this support with the opportunities that Exeter provides to get involved in activities such as mooting, you end up with a strong application. As a result I was lucky enough to receive four training contract offers. I have accepted an offer from Michelmores, who were one of the fastest growing law firms in the country. They have been nominated for Regional Firm of the Year. It is very exciting to be starting my career with such a prestigious firm.
The support and quality of the course here has meant that I have secured a training contract and I can now concentrate on the rest of my degree course without the additional worry of funding my Legal Practice Course.
Lara Moore, LLB Law
Streatham Campus, Exeter
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192
Website: Visit the Law website
We have an outstanding reputation internationally for our research - in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 85 per cent of our research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent*. We are dedicated to excellence in our scholarship, underpinned by a firm commitment to making our research outcomes beneficial and accessible to others, and our research directly informs and enhances our rigorous and diverse curriculum.
Our researchers’ specialist interests collectively encompass a wide range of legal fields. We have an established research history in Family Law, European Law and Legal History. We are also rapidly developing specialist strengths in many other areas, such as International and Comparative Law, Human Rights, Bioethics, Environmental Law, Criminology, Intellectual Property, Commercial Law, Information Law and Technology Law.
Our location within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies enhances our vigorous research culture and study environment. We have a number of Research Centres, both across our specialist fields and in interdisciplinary areas:
• Bracton Centre for Legal History Research
• Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law
• Centre for European Legal Studies
• Network on Family Regulation and Society
• Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
For further information please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/law/research