Programme Specification for the 2014/5 academic year

LLB Law

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Law Programme codeUFL3LAWLAW01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2014/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This degree programme is fully accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council and covers all the foundation subjects required to pass the Academic Stage which forms part of the professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor. On graduation students will be able proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course. After a core first year, students will have increasing flexibility to choose from options.

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 team building, work placements, employer visits, mooting, pro bono and skills sessions, which provide many opportunities to gain transferable skills and to meet and interact with potential employers.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide you 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 you to identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials.
3. To enable you 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 you how to reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
5. 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) programme is a 3 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also 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.

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/ 

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

You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year. In either your second or third year, you may also choose to take 30 credits in a subject outside law, subject to prior approval.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW1022 Legal Foundations 15Yes
LAW1003 Criminal Law 30Yes
LAW1004 The Law of Contract 30Yes
LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30Yes
LAW1017 Advocacy and Negotiation 15Yes
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2017 Land Law 30Yes
LAW2034 European Union Law 30Yes
LAW2015 Law of Torts 30Yes

Optional Modules

Optional modules worth 30 credits.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law S2 Modules (Streatham)
LAW2004 The Law of Contract 30 No
LAW2006 Criminal Law and Theory: Part I Foundations 15 No
LAW2011 Gender, Sexuality and Law 15 No
LAW2015 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 The Law of Obligations 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

120

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3041 Trusts 30Yes

Optional Modules

Optional modules worth 90 credits. 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law Modules S3 (Streatham)
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


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
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.
3. Follow and understand current developments in English law in the subjects of study.
4. Research a legal question.
5. Understand some of the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates.

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

1 Unseen or seen examinations 1-5
2 Open/closed book examinations 1-5
3 Assessed essays 1-5
4 Dissertation 1-5
5 Assessed group project 1-5
6 Assessment of legal skills1-5

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 legal and other information in paper, electronic and online form.
7. Use the 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; 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 reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
10. Explain and convey technical legal information at various levels appropriate to a person who needs to know.

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

6 Group project 6,8,9,10
7 coursework 6,7,8,9,10
8 Legal skills workshop6,7,8,9,10
9 Oral presentations require students to put across their arguments clearly and concisely 6,7,8,9,10
10 Examination often contain a large element aimed at testing ability to separate the relevent from the irrelevant. 6,7,8,9,10

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 demonstrating an ability to work under pressure.
12. Work in a group.
13. Work independently.
14. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.
15. Evaluated and assess ability and where necessary seek advice and feedback.
16. Use information management and library tools such as Lexis Nexis, Westlaw etc.
17. Solve practical problems.
18. Make critical judgements and choose between alternative solutions and arguments
19. Reflect on own learning and make use of feedback.

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- 9), An innovative feature of the programme 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);essays (skills 11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19); lectures (11,13,14,17,18); prepared problem-solving and substantive lectures (11,12,14,15,17,18,19); legal skills workshops (advocacy and work experience (11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19). 

11 Examination skills 11,13,14,15,17,18,19
12 Assessed essay skills 11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19
13 Group project 1,12,14,15,16,18,19
14 Oral presentations 11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19

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

0

18. Final Award

LLB Law

19. UCAS Code

M103

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Law

23. Dates

Origin Date

03/10/1994

Date of last revision

30/11/2012