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"At the University of Exeter Law School the combination of academic excellence and skills development opportunities means that our students are recognised for their flexibility and employability within the legal profession and beyond. Our European, international and interdisciplinary perspectives are supported by a cosmopolitan team of academics. Innovative, research-led teaching informs our internationally renowned programmes."

Sue Prince
Head of Law School 

About us

The Law School has a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research, attracting academics, visiting lecturers and students from across the globe. We are an ambitious, dynamic and friendly law school delivering a first class legal education at an elite Russell Group university. Now in the Top 150 for Law in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

We combine academic excellence with innovative teaching to provide you with the experience, skills and confidence you need to build a successful career.

We have an outstanding reputation internationally for our research, with exciting prospects in human rights, international law, legal history and European law.

Our degree programmes

We offer a challenging and extremely rewarding education in law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels with unrivalled opportunities to study abroad in addition to a host of extra-curricular activities.


We have an international research reputation across a range of areas, including three long-standing research groupings:

  • Family Law
  • Legal History
  • European Law

We are also currently developing our profile in:

  • International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Commercial Law

Our research has been of benefit to policy makers and governments, legal professionals, third sector organisations (including international NGOs) and the general public.

Research Excellence Framework

85% of our research is classified as world-leading or internationally excellent1.

There are over 90 Law Schools in the UK, and in this exercise Exeter was ranked overall 19th. It was the third most improved Law School since the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008. It doubled its world-leading performance and significantly increased its internationally excellent activity.

In terms of the impact of Exeter Law School’s research, namely the contribution it makes to society, the economy, culture, public policy and quality of life, it too was judged either world-leading or internationally excellent. Its Impact Case Studies reflect the particular strength the Law School has in Family Law and its impact on public discussion and legislative policy in that area. Read our case studies.

The Law School is building on this robust base for the REF 2020, centred on its key strengths of Family Law, Legal History, European Law, International Law and Commercial Law. 

Find out more on our research pages.

Career development

Preparation for employment, both in the legal profession and outside, is a key part of all our programmes. We have an outstanding record of placing our graduates in employment and rank 10% above the national average. Read more.

The Law School benefits from a network of contacts locally, nationally and internationally who attend our annual Law Careers Fair. Our alumni are very keen to offer internships to Exeter law students and we are able to provide a variety of work placements. 

Extra-curricular events

We offer an unparalleled number of activities to help broaden your career development as well as offering a number of social and sporting events. These include mooting and pro bono.


1Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.