LLB Law with European Study

UCAS codeM124
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Law at Exeter

Find out why studying at the University of Exeter Law School is a fantastic choice.

The nature of the LLB European programme and the size of the annual cohort of students are very conducive to active learning processes and interactive lectures and tutorials for the French Law or German Law modules.

For Years 1-3, there will be two hours of lectures per week and two hours of tutorials per fortnight during term one and term two. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for personal preparation, both linguistic and academic, and to take control of their own learning under precise academic guidance by the lecturers. Students are required to reflect critically on their own working methods, and to learn from their interaction with the lecturers and the rest of the group. The academic objective of this programme is to allow students to grow into critically-minded and well-informed independent scholars of English Law as well as French Law or German Law.

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 either your second or third year, you may also choose to take 30 credits in a subject outside law, subject to prior approval.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

LAW1036Legal Foundations 30
LAW1004Contract Law30
LAW1035Constitutional and Administrative Law 30

Optional modules

30 credits of language modules relevant to the country in which your third year will be spent.

French Modules
MLF1105Reason and Existence: An Introduction to French Thought15
MLF1119French Cinema from the New Wave to the Present Day15
MLF1001French Language30
MLF1121French Visual History15
MLF1014Love and Death in French Culture15
MLF1103The French Language, Present and Past15
MLF1015War and Conflict in French Literature15
German Modules
MLG1015Representations of Education in German Literature and Film: Satire, Trauma, Melodrama15
MLG1016War, Passion and Possibly Love: Approaches to Genre in German Literature15
MLG1017Turning Points in German History 1200 - 200015
MLG1018Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film15
Italian Modules
MLI1001Italian Language30
MLI1022Italian Literature of the 20th Century15
MLI1052Italian Language for Beginners30
MLI1055Introduction to Italian Linguistics15
MLI1121A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy15
MLI1420The Pursuit of Italy in 19th-Century Literature15
Spanish Modules
MLS1001Spanish Language30
MLS1012Contemporary Latin America: Culture, Society and Institutions15
MLS1016Gender Perspectives15
MLS1017Hispanic Journeys into the Unknown15
MLS1020Memory & Identity in Twentieth Century Spain15
MLS1022The Outsider in Hispanic Texts15
MLS1023Spain since the Transition: Society, Politics and Culture 15
MLS1056Spanish Language for Beginners30
MLS1062Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language15
MLS1063Cultural Icons of the Portuguese-speaking World15
MLS1064An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context15

Year 2

Compulsory modules

LAW2017Land Law 30
LAW2034European Union Law 30
LAW2015Law of Torts 30

Optional modules

30 credits of language modules relevant to the country in which your third year will be spent.

French Modules
MLF2001French Language, Written and Oral30
MLF2012Evolution of the French Language15
MLF2029Varieties of French15
MLF2042Introduction to Post Colonial Francophone Cinema15
MLF2048Humour in Medieval and Early Modern France15
MLF2053French Theatre of the Avant-Garde15
MLF2056Provoking Thoughts: French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century15
MLF2063Crime and Punishment in French Fiction15
MLF2065Contemporary French Film: Issues and Debates15
MLF2066Intimate Spaces of the French Enlightenment15
MLF2067Gender and Resistance: Contemporary Women's Writing in French15
MLF2069East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature15
MLF2068 Telling Stories: Narrative Strategies in 19th- and 20th-century Fiction in French15
German Modules
MLG2001German Language Written and Oral30
MLG2018Berlin - Culture, History and Politics since 193315
MLG2038Comic Perspectives on German History in Literature and Film15
MLG2042Ideologies and Identities in German Cinema15
MLG2044Thinking about the German Language: Past and Present15
MLG2045Protest, Priests and Princes: Germany in the Early Modern Period15
Italian Modules
MLI2001Italian Language (ex-advanced)30
MLI2008Introduction to Dante: Inferno15
MLI2015History and Fictions of Fascism15
MLI2051Italian Language (ex-beginners)30
Spanish Modules
MLS2001Spanish Language30
MLS2032Introduction to Commercial Spanish15
MLS2045Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry15
MLS2048Spanish Film Under Franco15
MLS2053Franco's Spain: Narratives under Dictatorship15
MLS2058An Introduction to Portuguese30
MLS2060Love and Death in Spanish Theatre15
MLS2061Mystery, Magic and the Fantastic in the Latin American Short Story15
MLS2063Introduction to Catalan Language & Culture30
MLS2065Portuguese as a Global Language15
MLS2066Variety and Unity in the Spanish Golden Age15
MLS2067Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931 - 1953 15
MLS2156Spanish Language (post-beginners)30

Year 3

Your third year will be spent at the law faculty of one of our European partner institutions. Your study hours will be set by the host institution and you will undertake modules equivalent to 120 credits. You will be required to show appropriate evidence of satisfactory attendance and performance during your year abroad.

Year 4

Compulsory modules

LAW3041Trusts 30
LAW3003Criminal Law 30

Optional modules

You will choose optional modules worth 60 credits. If you wish, you may substitute 30 law credits for options in another subject.

LAW3003Criminal Law30
LAW3007Criminal Law and Theory: Part I Foundations15
LAW3010The Lawyer, Ethics and Popular Culture15
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
LAW3133Environment and Planning Law15
LAW3134Forensic Speech and Language15
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
LAW3149Literature and Legal Philosophy 30
LAW3151AResearch Paper (Term 1) 30
LAW3151BResearch Paper (Term 2) 30

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 AS in a modern foreign language grade B.

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.


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.

Assessment during your year abroad will be determined by your host institution.

European study

Study abroad opportunities are available in the following countries and institutions:

France University of Aix-Marseille University of Paris XI University of Strasbourg  
Germany University of Dresden University of Tubingen University of Munster Bucerius Law School
Hungary University of Szeged      
Iceland University of Akureyri      
Ireland University College Dublin      
Italy University of Bologna      
Poland University of Wroclaw      
Spain University of Deusto, Bilbao University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid    
Switzerland University of Geneva      
The Netherlands Maastricht University      
Romania University of Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Naopca      

Financial assistance

A limited amount of financial assistance towards travel and maintenance is available to EU students during the year abroad under the Socrates-Erasmus programme.


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

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

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
  • 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.

  • 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

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