LLB Law (European) with Master 1 (Maitrise en Droit) or Magister

UCAS codeM120
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
Location Streatham (Exeter)


In addition to being exempt from the academic stages of professional training in the England and Wales graduates of the LLB European (French) Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) will have completed a French Masters degree in additional to their Exeter LLB. Graduates can then study for Certificat d'aptitude à la profession d'avocat (the French equivalent of the English LPC / BPTC).

Graduates of the LLB European (German) Magister will hold a German Masters degree in addition to their Exeter LLB. In general, this degree will not qualify a graduate to practice in Germany. Each German Land (state) has different rules regulating the entry to the legal profession, and applicants must check with the relevant authority as to their future eligibility. However, graduates will have the advantage of the necessary knowledge to take the aptitude test which enables lawyers from an EU member state to practice as a lawyer in Germany.

This qualification will make you highly attractive to employers as it has become increasingly important for lawyers to understand and apply systems of law belonging to various legal traditions, especially with the harmonisation of legal systems between EU member states and the growing globalisation of legal practice.

You will spend your first three years in Exeter studying the necessary foundation subjects for the LLB in English. At the same time, you will take modules in French or German law which are both taught and assessed in the relevant language.

In your fourth year you will study either at the University of Rennes and follow one of the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) programmes or at the University of the Saarlandes/Saarbrücken and follow the Magister programme. On successful completion you will obtain the dual qualification of LLB (European) (University of Exeter) and Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) (University of Rennes) or Magister (University of the Saarlandes/Saarbrücken).

All our undergraduate degree programmes are accredited by the Law Society and have a series of compulsory modules which give you exemption from the academic stage of professional training in the UK. On graduation you can proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.

My time studying a Master’s at the Universität des Saarlandes gave me the confidence to work in an international setting and, after spending time working in different countries in Europe and Asia, I was fortunate enough to be offered an internship at Women’s Link Worldwide’s office in Madrid.

When my internship came to an end, I was delighted to be offered the chance to continue working with Women’s Link Worldwide in their Development team. My background in law helps me immensely in the execution of my work. My job is to observe the impact we have through our cases, training sessions and factsheets, connect it to the law and help donors understand that their contribution is an investment in the promotion of gender justice. While I may not be standing up in court in a wig and gown (as I thought I would be!), I am delighted to have the opportunity to work for such a fantastic organisation, and to enable others to get involved and make a meaningful change.

Hannah Wilson, LLB Law (European)/Magister graduate.

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. You will combine modules on English law with modules in either French or German law depending on whether you are studying for the LLB European (French)/Master 1 or (German)/Magister

Year 1

Compulsory modules

LLB Law (European) French
LAW1022Legal Foundations15
LAW1004Contract Law30
LAW1035Constitutional and Administrative Law30
LAW1013French Constitutional Law30
LLB Law (European) German
LAW1022Legal Foundations15
LAW1004The Law of Contract30
LAW1035Constitutional and Administrative Law30
LAW1014German Constitutional Law30

Year 2

Compulsory modules

LLB Law (European) French
LAW2017Land Law30
LAW2034European Union Law30
LAW2015Law of Torts30
LAW2033French Administrative Law30
LLB Law (European) German
LAW2017Land Law30
LAW2034European Union Law30
LAW2015Law of Torts30
LAW2031The Law of Obligations30

Year 3

Compulsory modules

LLB Law (European) French
LAW3041Trusts and Equity30
LAW3003Criminal Law30
LAW3051French Law of Contracts30
LLB Law (European) German
LAW3041Trusts and Equity30
LAW3003Criminal Law30
LAW3032Law of Obligations II30

Optional modules

30 credits of optional modules or a 30 credit non Law module.

LAW3003Criminal Law30
LAW3011Gender, Sexuality and Law15
LAW3019Commercial Law30
LAW3020Family Law30
LAW3024Public International Law 30
LAW3026Employment Law 30
LAW3028Intellectual Property30
LAW3032Law of Obligations II30
LAW3043Company Law30
LAW3047AComparative Law Dissertation30
LAW3051French Law of Contracts30
LAW3059Alternative Dispute Resolution15
LAW3066Medical Ethics and Law15
LAW3068Law and Literature 15
LAW3072Aspects of Evidence 15
LAW3083Company Law Foundation 15
LAW3135Corporate Social Responsibility and Law15
LAW3137Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy15
LAW3146International Law, Conflict and Strategy 30
LAW3146AInternational Law, Conflict and Strategy (PIL) 30
LAW3148Human Rights Law: The European Convention On Human Rights30
LAW3151AResearch Paper (Term 1) 30
LAW3151BResearch Paper (Term 2) 30

Year 4

Your final year will be spent either at the law faculty of the University of Rennes I or the University of Saarbrücken. You will be required to show appropriate evidence of satisfactory attendance and performance during your year abroad.


Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCE AL French or German grade A; IB French or German HL6.

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 have a long and proud tradition of providing an excellent legal education for all our students. While this tradition stretches back nearly a century, our modern, student-centred curriculum is carefully designed to help you become an effective lawyer. We achieve this by progressively developing throughout your degree your ability as an independent researcher and problem solver.

Our curriculum ensures that your programme of study is an effective blend of academic rigour and substantive legal knowledge that is relevant to the real world. Your studies include opportunities for you to develop skills and competencies that will support your employability. We recognise the importance not simply of learning the law, but also that we must provide you with the skills and ability to make the most of that knowledge professionally when you graduate.

Throughout your first and second year at Exeter, when you will study the core legal subjects, there will be a regular structure to the timetabled classes, which will develop your skills and knowledge seamlessly. By the time you enter the final year of your studies, it is our intention that you will have the skills and knowledge to study a range of exciting options. On graduation it is our hope that you will be a confident, well-rounded, knowledgeable and employable graduate.

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.

Your modules in French or German law will be taught by highly qualified French and German lawyers in the relevant language. If you are taking the LLB (French) you will also have the opportunity to study with visiting academic staff from the Institut de Préparation à l’Administration Générale and University of Rennes I.


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.

Teaching and assessment during your year abroad will be determined by your host institution.

European study

Final year

Your final year will be spent at the law faculty of the University of Rennes I or University of Saarbrücken. Your study hours will be as prescribed by the host institution for one academic year. You will be required to show appropriate evidence of satisfactory attendance and performance during your year abroad.


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, 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.

Read more alumni profiles.

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 Legal firms Other employers

Trainee Solicitor


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


Thomas Eggar LLP


Peer and Co

Bond Pearce

Collection Attorneys Europe

Maurant Ozannes


Dundas and Wilson

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Michael Page International

British Red Cross

Axiom Legal


Babcock International Group

Barclays Bank PLC

Alliance Insurance PLC

Royal Bank of Canada

German Banking Federation

EDF Energy


Examples of further study followed by our graduates

  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law
  • MA Diplomatic Studies, University of Westminster
  • 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 Law School 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.  

  • 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.

Links with employers

  • 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 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 in competition.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

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

Website: Visit the Law website


My first year has been amazing, and by getting involved I've made loads of friends. A law degree is going to involve hard work no matter where you go, but the best thing you can do is to get involved, be social and have fun. From the student experience to studying and sports, it's a top class university, and we love it.

Johannes Neumann, LLB European Law (Magister) .

I can't emphasise how good this programme has been, and how good a setting Exeter is to study it in. The people and the campus, coupled with the quality of teaching and the content of the course, mean I couldn't recommend it any higher. I'm glad the strong language element apparent in the course description and details didn't deter me from applying, and I'd encourage anyone who is interested to go for it.

Aaron Green, LLB Law (European)/Master 1 (Maitrise en Droit).

See more student profiles.

Also find out what our Law School graduates are doing now.

  • LLB European (French) / Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit)
  • LLB European (German) / Magister

Our research

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