LLB Law with European Study
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This four-year programme enables you to combine a complete LLB in English law with a year in a foreign law faculty. You’ll be able to study in France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, the Netherlands, or Romania. You can undertake additional language tuition in the first two years to help you develop sufficient competence in your chosen language to follow the programme in the year abroad.
The year abroad may in certain cases lead to a certificate/diploma in the law of that country, but in order for this to be awarded, the University of Exeter LLB degree must be satisfactorily completed.
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.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
GCE AS in a modern foreign language grade B.*
*Where applicants are required to meet subject requirements to at least AS level for programmes offered at Exeter, this will need to be achieved at A ‘level or equivalent if not taken as AS level
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will need to meet the AS/AL requirements in addition to the BTEC.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
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 will not count towards your final degree classification, but you do 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.
Study abroad opportunities are available. A full list can be found on our study abroad pages. Please note that exchange partners listed on these pages are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. We advise that you research a range of destinations when choosing where you would like to study abroad.
A limited amount of financial assistance towards travel and maintenance is available to EU students during the year abroad under the Socrates-Erasmus programme.
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.
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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 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.
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’.
Exeter enjoys an international reputation for mooting and our students have been successful in competitions all over the world. Mooting provides you with the opportunity to practise your advocacy skills in a simulated court environment. You’ll receive coaching from staff and present your arguments before volunteer judges in a purpose-built moot court. Our Student Negotiation Society also sends teams to the National Negotiation Competition.
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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:
• 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