LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise en Droit)
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While studying the dual qualification LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) at the University of Exeter you will spend your first three years in Exeter studying in English the necessary foundation subjects for the LLB. At the same time, each year, you will also study French as a foundation course, which is taught and assessed in French.
In your fourth year you will study at the University of Rennes 1 and follow the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) programme. On successful completion you will obtain the dual qualification of LLB English Law and French Law (University of Exeter) and Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) (University of Rennes 1).
This dual qualification in English and French law 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.
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.
In addition to being exempt from the academic stages of professional training in the England and Wales, graduates of the LLB English Law and French Law/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).
The Programme Director is Dr Frederic Rolland.
If you are looking for a challenging, intellectually stimulating, inspiring and highly-employable course of law, then Law with Master 1 is the course for you. This course enables you to not only graduate with a degree in English law but also a Masters in French 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. You will combine modules on English law with modules in French law.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.
Entry requirements 2018
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
GCE AL French grade B; IB French HL5.
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 law will be taught by highly qualified French lawyers in the relevant language. 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 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.
Teaching and assessment during your year abroad will be determined by your host institution.
The intimate nature of the course has many advantages; notably the excellent feedback, due to multiple workshops per term, as well as the fact the tutor knows exactly who you are, and genuinely cares about your academic progression, as well as personal wellbeing. Studying a bi-jurisdictional law degree also sets you apart from the mass of straight law students!
Robert Booth, LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1. . Read more from our students
Your final year will be spent at the law faculty of the University of Rennes I. 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.
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.
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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
- 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
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.
LLB English Law and French Law / Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) Programme Director
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723195
Website: Visit Dr Rolland's staff profile
College of Social Sciences and International Studies taught enquiries
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:
• 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