Programme Specification for the 2014/5 academic year

LLB Graduate Law

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Graduate Law Programme codeUFL2LAWLAW01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2014/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The Graduate LLB allows non-law graduates to undertake a two year accelerated conversion programme which leads to a qualifying LLB law degree. It covers all the foundation subjects that are required by the UK’s Solicitors Regulation Authority to pass the Academic Stage of training that forms part of the professional qualification as a lawyer. There is also the opportunity to study a specialist option from within the Law School or a non-law module from elsewhere in the University. The degree is vocation-facing, and most graduates pursue further training and a career in law after graduation. The concentrated nature of study is only appropriate to those who have already acquired basic study skills through a previous degree programme.

The Law School has a vibrant community of international staff and students. Our active alumni network covers the world. We enjoy strong and exciting links with the legal profession, and the wider legal community. Our legal research advances both legal theory and policy, especially in the fields of European Law, Family Law, English Legal History, and International and Human Rights Law. The Law School draws on this activity to offer an exciting portfolio of research-led teaching options for the second year of the Graduate LLB such as: Public International Law, Human Rights Law; Law and Literature; Law of Evidence; Medical Law and Bioethics.

The Graduate LLB offers opportunities for you to enhance your employability skills. As well as the wide range of curriculum based learning activities, you will have the chance to take part in mooting, pro bono work, and our newly established Law Clinic.  We have a dedicated University Careers Service and a yearly Law Fair which attracts exhibitors from large international, national and local law firms and employers.  The Law School also has a personal tutor system for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, offering individual pastoral support from academic staff in the Law School.

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 identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials.
3. To enable students to apply the principles of law and legal rules to solve and analyse practical problems, and to advise what to do in practical situations.
4. To teach students how to reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
5. 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. 

You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year. In your second year you may take up to 30 credits in another discipline if you wish, subject to prior approval. 

Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30Yes
LAW2017 Land Law 30Yes
LAW2004 Contract Law 30Yes
LAW2015 The Law of Torts 30Yes
Total Credits for Stage 1


Stage 2

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30Yes
LAW4034 European Union Law 30Yes
LAW3041 Trusts 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2004 Contract Law 30 No
LAW2006 Criminal Law and Theory: Part I Foundations 15 No
LAW2011 Gender, Sexuality and Law 15 No
LAW2015 The Law of Torts 30 No
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress 15 No
LAW2017 Land Law 30 No
LAW2019 Commercial Law 30 No
LAW2020 Family Law 30 No
LAW2024 Public International Law 30 No
LAW2026 Employment Law 30 No
LAW2031 Law of Obligations I (German Law) 30 No
LAW2033 French Administrative Law 30 No
LAW2034 European Union Law 30 No
LAW2035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30 No
LAW2057 Family Law: Adult Relationships 15 No
LAW2058 Family Law: Parents and Children 15 No
LAW2059 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 No
LAW2061 Human Rights Law 2: The European Convention on Human Rights 15 No
LAW2068 Law and Literature 15 No
LAW2072 Aspects of Evidence 15 No
LAW2074 Jurisprudence I: Theories of the Nature of law 15 No
LAW2133 Environment and Planning Law 15 No
LAW2134 Forensic Speech and Language 15 No
LAW2137 Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy 15 No
LAW2905 Employability 0 No
Total Credits for Stage 2


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 legal system, its institutions and procedures (see § 11.1 above).
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the basic theory, principles and conceptual framework of the seven foundation subjects of English and EU Law, and of those optional legal subjects selected for study (see § 11.1 above).
3. Follow and understand current developments in English law in the subjects of study (see §§ 11.1 - 11.3, above).
4. Research a legal question (see 11.3, above).

Subject knowledge and skills are acquired through lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; library tuition; essays; prepared problem-based lectures; legal skills workshops; and reflective learning.

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

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:

5. Identify, locate, retrieve and evaluate legal and other information in paper, electronic and on-line form.
6. Use theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical advice and imaginative solutions to particular problems.
7. Synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources; to appreciate their relative value; and to separate the relevant from the peripheral.
8. Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
9. 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; legal skills programme.

Essay 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:

10. Manage time effectively, plan activity and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines.
11. Work in a group.
12. Work independently.
13. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.
14. Evaluate and assess his or her abilities, and where necessary to seek advice and feedback.
15. Use information management tools, e.g. Westlaw and Lexis.
16. Solve practical problems.
17. Make critical judgements and choose between alternative solutions and arguments.

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 10-17). The programme also includes the following activities: essays (skills 10,12,13,14,15,16,17); lectures (10,12,13,16,17); prepared problem-solving and substantive lectures(10,11,13,14,16,17); legal skills workshops (skills 10,11,13,14,16,17), 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 10,12,13,14,16,17); Assessed Essays (skills 10,12,13,14,15,16,17); Oral presentations (10,12,13,14,15,16,17)

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.


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.


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 Graduate Law

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Law

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision