|Typical offer||AAA; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD|
A Law degree from the University of Exeter offers a unique blend of academic rigour; including critical, theoretical and reflective dimensions; from one of the top global universities that is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group; with the excitement of experiencing the law in action.
Our programmes are taught with a legal profession-facing emphasis on substantive content that is of real-life relevance, whilst developing the academic and practical skills required by the legal profession and employers more generally. In addition, the Exeter Law School challenges its undergraduate law students to maximise their potential. We seek to further the development of its students as independent learners, researchers and problem solvers by placing greater responsibility on individual students, by way of student-centred and problem-based learning, with increased academic and other support in the structure and delivery of our programmes.
We aim to offer as many activities as possible to help broaden career development and equip students with the skills employers find most valuable. These include employer visits, mooting, pro bono and skills sessions (such as advocacy and negotiation), which provide many opportunities to gain transferable skills and to meet and interact with potential employers.
Problem-based learning will help students apply what you have learned in lectures to real-world situations, while developing professional and practical skills from the very beginning of your degree. In Year 1 Law students will work in ‘syndicates’ – allocated study groups of about 15 students. You will have the opportunity to work on a varied case load throughout the academic year; working on your own and with all or some of the members of your syndicate.
Study abroad opportunities are available for high achieving students on a competitive basis.Students also have the option of transferring to one of our work placement pathway programmes at the end of Year 1. Further details can be found on our careers pages.
My favourite part of studying at Exeter is the fact that we have such useful seminars; I take full advantage of them and use them to develop my understanding of the topic. We are able to share answers with our peers and improve ourselves. There is always support available; our tutors are always happy to answer our queries and it is clear that the University wants its students to be happy, comfortable and successful.
Iqra, studying LLB 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. 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 2020
AAA; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
Law at Exeter was a fascinating course that gave me the enthusiasm to pursue a legal career, as well as the opportunity to pursue my own interests, such as rugby, hockey and basketball, and live in a great location. The campus is fantastic and the teaching staff are highly motivated.
If you’re looking for a good degree, with excellent teaching staff, and the opportunity to study in a relaxed and fun location, I’d recommend Law at Exeter to you.
Robert Lee, Law graduate (1986), now Global Head of Finance at Clifford Chance .
International students should check details of our English language requirements
If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
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 place considerable emphasis on the development of legal skills and elements of legal research, problem analysis, teamwork, legal writing and reasoning, negotiating and advocacy. Our Peer Tutors offer a peer mentoring scheme during your first year, led by student volunteers.
You will usually have between 10-12 hours of lectures, workshops or seminars each week and be expected to spend around 30 hours in private study. You’ll also be encouraged to discuss aspects of modules with lecturers during fixed consultation times.
We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches through our virtual learning environment where you can access study information and take part in discussion forums.
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.’
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 your 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.
Limited places are available on our LLB with International Study and are awarded to high achieving students following completion of their first year of study.
This four-year programme provides you with the opportunity to spend your third year abroad in a law faculty in Australia, Singapore, Canada or the USA. Like all of our LLB programmes, our LLB with International Study programme is fully accredited by the Law Society and covers all the foundation subjects required to pass the Academic Stage that forms part of the professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor. On graduation you will be able to proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Barrister's Bar Professional Training Course.
This programme is not available for direct entry through UCAS. You may be able to transfer onto the LLB with International Study at the end of the first year if you get marks equivalent to at least a 2:1 in the first year modules and are successful at interview. Each year a small number of places are offered on a competitive basis. Providing you maintain high academic levels during your second year, you can expect to spend your third year overseas in one of the following institutions (subject to review):
|University of Wollongong||South of Sydney|
|Université Rennes 1†||Rennes|
|Germany||Bucerius Law School||Hamburg|
|Iceland||University of Akureyri*||Akureyi|
|Università degli Studi di Bologna||Bologna|
|Singapore||Singapore Management University*||Singapore|
|Spain||Universidad de Deusto||Bilbao|
|Universidad Rey Juan Carlos||Madrid|
|Taiwan||National Taiwan University College of Law*||Taipei City|
|† LLB European only|
*Modules available taught in English (when researching your placement ensure the institution you wish to study at has enough modules taught in English to cover the duration of your placement plus reserve modules).
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 and networking.
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|
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 Professional Training Course, Inns of Court School of Law
- Legal Practice Course, University 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
PlacementsStudents also have the option of transferring to one of our work placement pathway programmes at the end of Year 1. Further details can be found on our careers pages.
Exeter Law Projects 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.
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.
LLB with Placement (Reed Smith)* (Streatham)
Our innovative LLB offers students a unique opportunity to spend a year gaining practical legal experience with top global law firm Reed Smith LLP. You will develop skills relevant to a future career in law, especially in the field of legal innovation. The programme is a four-year qualifying law degree, with the third year spent on placement at Reed Smith. It will include a a series of four business skills masterclasses for LLB students, focusing on practical, workplace skills. In Year 2 students on the LLB with Placement will also be required to take a mandatory Legal Professionalism module which gives general preparation for a year in industry. Students will spend their third year on placement at Reed Smith, experiencing two different practice areas, as well as gaining experience in business support functions, such as marketing and business development. There is an additional focus on the future of law. Each student will be assigned a supervisor and an informal trainee ‘buddy’ while they are at the firm. Training opportunities will be available throughout the placement, as well as formal and informal appraisals and feedback on performance.
LLB with Professional Legal Placement* (Streatham)
Spending up to a year carrying out a professional placement with a law firm or an in-house legal team as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. You will develop and deepen your understanding of business and legal practices. The programme is designed to provide a first-hand understanding of a professional working environment through the enhancement of key transferable skills such as working with others, problem solving and communication. This unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. You will take full responsibility for finding and organising your placement (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval from the University. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, commercial awareness, independence and resourcefulness.
LLB with Industrial Placement*(Streatham)
Spending up to a year carrying out a graduate-level work placement as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. It unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and transferrable skills for your future career. You will take full responsibility for finding and organising your placement in a business setting of your choosing (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval from the University. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, commercial awareness, independence and resourcefulness.
*These variants are not available for direct entry through UCAS. You may be able to transfer at the end of the first year if you get marks equivalent to at least a 2:1 in the first year modules and are successful at interview. Each year a small number of places are offered on a competitive basis.
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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
- Science, Culture and Law
- International Law Forum
- Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
For further information please visit our research pages
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