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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise) Programme codeUFL4LAWLAW06
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The four-year LLB (Hons) English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise) degree programme is designed to provide you with the foundation to pursue a professional legal career, as well as many other career options. It equips you with the knowledge and skills that will support you towards the next steps of professional legal qualification, such as the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or the Bar Practice Course (BPC). Additionally, the programme is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge for passing the aptitude test, which is necessary to practise as a lawyer in France.

During the programme, you will spend your first three years in Exeter studying for the LLB. As part of this, you will take modules in French law, which will be delivered and assessed in French (thus, to study on this programme, you must be competent in the French language, as evidenced by A level or equivalent). In the fourth year, you will study at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1, following one of the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) programmes. Upon successful completion of all four years of the programme, you will obtain the dual qualification of LLB (Hons) English Law and French Law (University of Exeter) and Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) (University of Rennes 1).

As well as instilling a deep and wide knowledge and understanding of the law, the programme aims to offer you as many activities as possible to help broaden your career development and equip you with the skills employers find most valuable. These include activities and skills developed through learning and teaching, such as group work, research and analysis, communication in different forms, problem-solving and argumentation, time management and independent study; as well as extra-curricular activities, including, for example, employer talks, mooting, pro bono activities, student law clinic, and employability support (such as writing CVs and applications). Overall, the programme aims to provide many opportunities to gain transferable skills, and to meet and interact with other students, staff, and potential employers.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide you with a thorough knowledge of the foundational subjects of English and French law that underpin the next stages of qualification as a practising lawyer in England and Wales, and France, and give you the opportunity to acquire and develop essential analytical, practice-facing and marketable transferable skills.
2. To enable you to extend your legal knowledge and understanding beyond English law by providing you with detailed knowledge and understanding of selected principal branches of French law.
3. To enable you to identify, locate and critically appraise English legal materials and French legal materials.
4. To enable you to apply the principles of law and legal rules in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, to solve and analyse practical problems, and to advise what to do in practical situations.
5. To enable you to understand some of the major theoretical foundations of law and to evaluate them.
6. To enable you to understand law and its operation in its social, political, economic and legal practice context.
7. To teach you how to reason logically, supporting the process with legal authority, academic commentary and by reference to other relevant materials.
8. To provide you with a comprehensive and integrated legal education through the study of individual modules and through the complementary interaction of modules across the programme.
9. To provide you with the educational and cultural experience of studying at a university abroad.
10. To provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop your written and oral communication skills in English and French.
11. To provide you with the necessary personal and key skills to enable you to develop as an independent, autonomous and reflective individual, and generally as a developing professional.

4. Programme Structure

The LLB (Hons) English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) is a four-year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into four ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

The programme is further divided into units of study called modules, which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

The programme is University based throughout. The first three Stages are based in England, at the University of Exeter Law School. The fourth Stage is spent in France, at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1. In respect to the fourth Stage, the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) programme comprises modules chosen from a list of prescribed modules, which in total amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS credits).

Your final year will be spent at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1. 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.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website:
https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/currentstudents/undergraduatemodules/.

Please note that modules are subject to change and not all modules are available across all programmes — this is due to timetable, module size constraints and availability.

You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year. You will combine modules on English law with modules in French law. At Stage 3, you may choose to take up to 30 credits of module(s) outside the Law School, subject to availability and approval.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows, the module is at the appropriate level for the Stage, and you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Due to the professional-facing nature of the degree programme, no modules are normally condonable.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW1004 The Law of Contract 30Yes
LAW1013 French Constitutional Law 30Yes
LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30Yes
LAW1036 Legal Foundations 30Yes

Stage 2


105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2015 The Law of Torts 30Yes
LAW2017 Land Law 30Yes
LAW2033 French Administrative Law 30Yes
LAW2103 European Union Law 15Yes

Optional Modules

In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will study an optional 15-credit module selected from the list of optional modules offered in the Law School at Level 5 (XXX2xxx). See https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/currentstudents/undergraduatemodules/ for optional Law School modules.

Stage 3


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30Yes
LAW3041D Trusts 30Yes
LAW3051 French Law of Contract 30Yes

Optional Modules

In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will study 30 credits of optional module(s) at Level 6 (XXX3xxx) and/or Level 5 (XXX2xxx), with a maximum of 30 credits at Level 5. Over the duration of your programme, you must take a minimum of 90 credits at Level 6. Please note that you are not permitted to select Level 4 (XXX1xxx) modules at this Stage. At Stage 3, you may choose to take up to 30 credits of module(s) outside the Law School, subject to availability and approval. See https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/currentstudents/undergraduatemodules/ for optional Law School modules.

Stage 4


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

Stage 4 is spent at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1, where you will follow one of the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) (Master 1) programmes. At Stage 4, you will be registered at the University of Exeter on the compulsory module, LAW4000 Year Abroad: Maitrise.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW4000 Year Abroad: Maitrise 120Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the essential theoretical, conceptual and practical features of the English and French legal systems.
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the fundamental rules, theories, principles and conceptual frameworks, as well as related academic opinion, of the foundational subjects of English law and optional subjects selected for study, and of the required subjects of study in French Law.
3. Follow and understand current developments in English and French law in the subjects of study.
4. Research a legal question and demonstrate competence in applying legal knowledge in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it.
5. Demonstrate detailed and accurate understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates in each of the jurisdictions studied.

Specialised subject skills and knowledge are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment and summative assessment, travaux dirigés, exposés.

Unseen or seen examinations 1-5: for example, many compulsory and optional modules involve an examination, usually unseen – see individual module details.

Open/closed note examinations 1-5: for example, many compulsory and optional modules involve an examination, either open or closed note – see individual module details.

Assessed essays or other coursework 1-5: for example, many compulsory and optional modules involve an assessed essay or other coursework (such as a problem question or other written work) – see individual module details.

Dissertation 1-5: writing a dissertation is an option at Stage 3; a shorter research paper option is also commonly offered.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Identify, locate, retrieve and evaluate efficiently English and French legal and other relevant information in paper, electronic and online form, with minimum guidance.
7. Use theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical advice and creative solutions to particular problems, independently and effectively.
8. Work independently to synthesise information from a number of primary, secondary and other sources, both English and French; appreciate their relative value; and separate the relevant from the peripheral.
9. Make an independent and effective critical judgement about the merits of particular arguments, and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments.
10. Communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline and in task-specific ways.

Academic discipline core skills and knowledge are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment and summative assessment.

Essays / coursework 6-10: for example, many compulsory and optional modules involve an assessed essay or other coursework (such as a problem question or other written work) – see individual module details.

Legal skills 6-10: developing legal skills runs through all Law modules, but this is especially emphasised in the Stage 1 compulsory modules.

Oral presentations or equivalent communication 6-10: presenting thoughts clearly and concisely is part of work in classes as well as out of class, such as in peer study groups or tutor meetings. Oral presentation skills may be assessed in some compulsory or optional modules either formatively or summatively – see individual module details.

Examinations 6-10: for example, many compulsory and optional modules include an examination, which test, inter alia, the ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, and to demonstrate judgement – see individual module details.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

11. Manage time effectively, plan activity and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines, and demonstrate an ability to work under pressure.
12. Work and interact effectively and proactively with others, share information and ideas when appropriate, and manage related practical matters.
13. Work independently, managing your time and learning resources efficiently, and developing appropriate task-specific strategies.
14. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments, accurately and effectively, in both oral and written form.
15. Reflect on, evaluate and assess own learning and ability, and make effective use of advice and feedback.
16. Identify, retrieve and use, independently and efficiently, a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance.
17. Apply appropriate strategies for solving conceptual and practical problems, making critical judgements and choosing autonomously between alternative solutions and arguments.
18. Express yourself fluently in written and oral French.

Key skills are an integral part of the degree programme. Particular aspects of the programme focus on personal and key skills development. For example, classes (lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes and skills activities) encourage working independently and in groups, as well as presenting and critiquing ideas and materials in interesting and varied forms (skills 11-18). Essays and other written work particularly encourage skills development (skills 11, 13-18). Personal tutor meetings and related activities encourage focus upon development of all key skills and the ability to reflect upon these (particularly skills 13 and 15).

Examination skills 11, 13-15, 17-18: this applies to all modules assessed by examination – see individual module details.

Assessed essay and other coursework skills 11-18: this applies to all modules assessed by essay or other forms of coursework – see individual module details.

Oral presentation skills 11-18: this applies to all modules involving oral contributions, whether assessed or unassessed – see individual module details.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring
It is University policy that all departments should have in place a system of academic personal tutors. Their role is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of your programme, and this support extends to signposting you to sources of support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. The role of subject tutors is to support you with your studies in individual modules.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)
SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

Study Abroad Support
The University offers support to you as you plan for and take part in your study abroad. See http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/outbound/research/handbook/#a11 for details.

 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Law

23. Dates

Origin Date

02/10/1994

Date of last revision

11/08/2022