Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

LLB Law (European) with Maitrise en Droit or Magister

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Law (European) with Maitrise en Droit or Magister Programme codeUFL4LAWLAW02
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2013

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

During these programmes, you will spend your first three years in Exeter studying (in English) the necessary foundation subjects for the LLB. At the same time, modules in French/German law are studied with lectures given and essays written in the appropriate language.

In your fourth year you will study either at the University of Rennes and follow one of the Maîtrise en Droit (Master I) programmes or at the University of the Saarlandes/Saarbrücken and follow the Magister programme. On successful completion you will obtain the dual qualification of LLB (European) (University of Exeter) and Maîtrise en Droit (Master I) (University of Rennes) or Magister (University of the Saarlandes/Saarbrücken).

In addition to being exempt from the academic stages of professional training in the UK, graduates will have the necessary knowledge for passing the aptitude test which enables lawyers from EU member states to practice as a lawyer in France and Germany.

You must be competent in French or German as the modules in French or German Law (in Exeter) will be taught in that language. The lecturers at Exeter in French and German Law are highly qualified French and German lawyers who offer tuition in small groups.

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. On graduation you can proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide students with a thorough knowledge of the foundation subjects of English and EU law which meets the requirements set by the Law Society and the Bar for the academic stage of legal training.
2. To enable students to extend their legal knowledge and understanding beyond the foundation subjects of English law by providing them with at least a basic knowledge and understanding of selected principal branches of French or German law.
3. To enable students to identify, locate and critically appraise English and French or German legal materials.
4. To enable students 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 encourage students to reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
6. To provide students with the educational and cultural experience of studying in a university abroad.
7. To provide students with the opportunity to enhance and develop their written and oral communication skills in English and French or German.
8. To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous and reflective individuals and generally as developing professionals.

4. Programme Structure

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. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/undergraduate/exeter/modules

The programme is studied over four stages and is University based throughout that time. There is both a French stream and a German stream. The final year is spent at the University of Rennes 1 in France, or at the University of Saarbricken in Germany. Study is undertaken at four levels, one for each year of study. The programme is arranged into 9 x 11 week terms at Exeter, but the French and German terms are a week longer. The Exeter based programme is divided into units of study called modules. Modules have a credit rating of 15 or 30 credits. A distinctive feature of the programme is the three-tier approach of interactive lectures, student consultations and workshops which emphasise both legal knowledge and understanding as well as the acquisition of legal and interpersonal skills. The Maitrise de Droit and the Magister programmes comprise modules chosen from a list of prescribed modules, which in total amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS credits).

Innovative features of programme :

The programme provides the opportunity to obtain a Maitrise de Droit or Magister from the Universities of Rennes 1 or Saarbrucken, depending on whether the students is on the French or German streams of the programme, as well as the degree of LL.B (European) from the University of Exeter.

French or German modules are taught at Exeter at levels one, two and three by lawyers trained in those jurisdictions who teach and research in their own legal tradition. All the teaching and examination of the French and German modules at Exeter is accordingly conducted entirely in French or German as appropriate.

The fourth year abroad is undertaken under the auspices of the Erasmus/Socrates programme (except where the student is not qualified to participate in this programme). The students are required by the Erasmus/Socrates programme to undertake 60 ECTS credits in their year abroad, which is the equivalent of 120 credits at Exeter.

A student who fails to obtain a Maitrise from Rennes or a Magister degree from Saarbrucken may nevertheless still qualify to receive the degree of LLB European Hons from the University of Exeter provided that the overall performance in the year abroad is an average of a pass standard (40%). A student who does not achieve this level of performance in the year abroad may only be awarded the degree of LLB Hons by Exeter, but the mark obtained shall still be used as a ninth paper in the computation of the overall classification of that degree.

For the purpose of attributing an Exeter mark to the year abroad to constitute the ninth module of assessment, conversion tables that have been agreed and approved by the external examiners are used to translate the French or German marks obtained by the students to Exeter marks.

For the assessment, progression and classification conventions of the School of Law in relation to this programme see the Undergraduate Handbook: https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/ug/. Note that any failure in any School of Law module taken in a School of Law programme cannot be condoned. A failure in a non-Law module within a School of Law programme may be condoned.

 

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LLB Law (European) French Stream S1
LAW1004 The Law of Contract 30 No
LAW1013 French Constitutional Law 30 No
LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30 No
LAW1022 Legal Foundations 15 No
LLB Law (European) German Stream S1
LAW1004 The Law of Contract 30 No
LAW1014 German Constitutional Law 30 No
LAW1022 Legal Foundations 15 No
LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

French Stream:

Visiting academics

Visiting each academic year, Dr Gilles Guiheux, Directeur de l’Institut de Préparation à l’Administration Générale, and Dr François Leborgne, Directeur du Master 2 Professionnel, Contentieux Judiciaire et Carrières Juridiques from the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1, present a series of seminars in French Administrative Law and French Law of Contract respectively.

For each seminar, you will be asked to write a full essay which is marked by Dr Gilles Guiheux and Dr François Leborgne.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law & French Stage 2 modules 2017-8
LAW2017 Land Law 30 No
LAW2034 European Union Law 30 No
LAW2015 Law of Torts 30 No
LAW2033 French Administrative Law 30 No
Law & German Stage 2 modules 2017-8
LAW2017 Land Law 30 No
LAW2034 European Union Law 30 No
LAW2015 Law of Torts 30 No
LAW2031 The Law of Obligations 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law & French Stage 3 modules 2017-8
LAW3041 Trusts 30 No
LAW3051 French Law of Contracts 30 No
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30 No
Law & German Stage 3 modules 2017-8
LAW3041 Trusts 30 No
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30 No
LAW3032 Law of Obligations II 30 No

Optional Modules

30 credits of optional modules or a 30 credit non Law module.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LawS3UG2016-17
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30 No
LAW3006 Corporate Insolvency Law 15 No
LAW3007 Criminal Law and Theory: Part I Foundations 15 No
LAW3009 Critical Issues in Human Dignity and Law 15 No
LAW3010 The Lawyer, Ethics and Popular Culture 15 No
LAW3011 Gender, Sexuality and Law 15 No
LAW3019 Commercial Law 30 No
LAW3020 Family Law 30 No
LAW3024 Public International Law 30 No
LAW3026 Employment Law 30 No
LAW3032 Law of Obligations II 30 No
LAW3041 Trusts 30 No
LAW3043 Company Law 30 No
LAW3047 Dissertation 30 No
LAW3047A Comparative Law Dissertation 30 No
LAW3051 French Law of Contracts 30 No
LAW3057 Family Law: Adult Relationships 15 No
LAW3058 Family Law: Parents and Children 15 No
LAW3059 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 No
LAW3061 Human Rights Law 2 : International Human Rights Law and Regional Systems 15 No
LAW3066 Medical Ethics and Law 15 No
LAW3068 Law and Literature 15 No
LAW3072 Aspects of Evidence 15 No
LAW3074 Jurisprudence I: Theories of the Nature of law 15 No
LAW3081 Copyright, Confidence, Remedies and Theories 15 No
LAW3082 Trade Mark and Patent Law 15 No
LAW3083 Company Law Foundation 15 No
LAW3133 Environment and Planning Law 15 No
LAW3134 Forensic Speech and Language 15 No
LAW3137 Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy 15 No
LAW3905 Employability 0 No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120

Stage 4


Selected modules, approved by both Universities, with the opportunity of study at the Maitrise or Magister level. The Maitrise is that of the University of Rennes I, and students have a choice of a Maitrise de Droit Prive; Maitrise de Droit Public or Maitrise de Droit Europeen. The Magister is that of the University of Saarbrucken.

The fourth year abroad is undertaken under the auspices of the Erasmus/Socrates programme (except where the student is not qualified to participate in this programme). The students are required by the Erasmus/Socrates programme to undertake 60 ECTS credits in their year abroad, which is the equivalent of 120 credits at Exeter.


Compulsory Modules

French Stream 

University of Rennes Maitrise en Droit 120 credits 

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 satisafctory attendance and performance during your year abroad.

German Stream 

Your final year will be spent at the law faculty of the University of Saarbrücken. Your study hours will be as prescribed by the host institution for one academic year. You will be required to show appropriate evidence of satisafctory attendance and performance during your year abroad.

Total Credits for Stage 4

120


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 basic knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and practical features of the English and French or German legal systems, their institutions and procedures (see Educational Aims - 1).
2. Demonstrate a thorough basic knowledge of the theory, principles and conceptual framework of the seven foundation subjects of English and EU Law, and selected subjects of study in French or German Law (see Educational Aims - 1).
3. Follow and understand current developments in English and French or German law in the subjects of study (see Educational Aims - 1 - 3).
4. Research a legal question (see Educational Aims - 3).
5. Understand some of the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates in each of the jurisdictions studied (see Educational Aims- 1 - 3, above)

Subject knowledge and skills are acquired through lectures, tutor led workshops or seminars; library tuition; essays; prepared problem-based lectures; group project; legal skills workshops, reflective learning, work experience, travaux diriges, exposes.

Subject knowledge and skills (1 - 5) are assessed through seen or unseen examinations; open/closed book examinations; assessed essays; dissertation; assessed group projects; assessment of legal skills,
oral examinations.

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 English and French or German legal and other information in paper, electronic and online form.
7. Use theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical advice and imaginative solutions to particular problems.
8. Synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources, both English and French or German; to appreciate their relative value; and to separate the relevant from the peripheral.
9. Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
10. Explain and convey technical legal information at various levels appropriate to the person who needs to know it.

Workshops; essays; lectures; prepared problem-solving and substantive lectures; group project, legal skills programme

Group project (6,8,9,10); coursework (6,7,8,9,10); legal skills workshops (6,7,8,9,10). Oral presentations required students to put across their arguments clearly and concisely (6,7,8,9,10). Examinations (6,7,8,9,10) often contain a large element aimed at testing ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant. 

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.
12. Work in a group.
13. Work independently.
14. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.
15. Evaluate and assess his or her abilities, and where necessary to seek advice and feedback.
16. To use some electronic information management tools, such as word processing, email, the WWW and some other electronic information retrieval systems.
17. Solve practical problems both professional and domestic
18. Make critical judgements and choose between alternative solutions and arguments.
19. Reflect on their own learning and make use of feedback.
20. Express himself or herself fluently in written and oral French or German

Key skills are an integral part of the degree programme. Particular aspects of the programme focus on personal and key skills development. Workshops encourage students to work independently and in groups with the aim of presenting and criticising materials in interesting and varied forms (skills 11-19). An innovative feature of the course is the Introduction to Law [Law 1012] group work project, which provides student groups with the experience of applying their legal knowledge as a group to practical legal issues in the community. It therefore particularly encourages them in skills 11,12,14,15,16,18,19,20); essay (skills 11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20); lectures (11,13,14,17,18); prepared problem-solving and substantive lectures (11,12,14,15,17,18,19,20); legal skills workshops (skills 11,12,14,15,17,18,19,20), Personal Development Planning and
Personal Tutor meetings focus upon a students development of all key skills and their ability to reflect upon this and in particular skill 19.

Examinations (skills 11,13,14,15,17,18,19,20); Assessed Essays (skills 11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20); Group project (11,12,14,15,16,18,19,20); Oral presentations (11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20).

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

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.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

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.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Law Society, Bar Council

18. Final Award

LLB Law (European) with Maitrise en Droit or Magister

19. UCAS Code

M120

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

18/12/2012