Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

LLB Law

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Law Programme codeUFL3LAWLAW01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2017/8
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2015

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This three year LLB degree programme is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board 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 you will be able proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or the Barristers’ Bar Professional Training Course. After core modules in the first two years (stages), you will select from a range of optional modules in your third year (stage three).

We aim to offer as many activities as possible to help broaden your career development and equip you with the skills employers find most valuable. These include activities and skills developed through learning and teaching, such as group work, research and analysis, communication and argumentation, and advocacy and negotiation; as well as other extra-curricular activities, including a team building exercise, employer visits, mooting, pro bono and other skills sessions (such as CV building and employment applications), 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 professional requirements for the academic stage of legal training, as determined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, and to give you the opportunity to acquire and develop essential analytical, practice-facing and marketable transferable skills.
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 enable you to understand some of the major theoretical foundations of law and to evaluate them.
5. To enable you to understand law and its operation in its social, political, economic and legal practice contexts.
6. To teach you how to reason logically, supporting the process with legal authority, academic commentary and by reference to other relevant materials.
7. To provide you with a comprehensive and integrated legal education through study on individual modules and through the complementary interaction of modules across the programme.
8. 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 your third
year, you may also choose to take 30 credits in a subject outside law, subject
to prior approval. 

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW1003 Criminal Law 30Yes
LAW1004 The Law of Contract 30Yes
LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30Yes
LAW1036 Legal Foundations 30Yes

Optional Modules

None

Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


120 credits of compulsory modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2015 Law of Torts 30Yes
LAW2017 Land Law 30Yes
LAW2034 European Union Law 30Yes
LAW2041 Equity and Trusts 30Yes

Optional Modules

None

Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


You will choose a range of optional modules up to a total of 120 credits. 30 credits of these may be non-Law modules, subject to prior approval.

120 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

None.

Optional Modules

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law Stage 3 modules 2017-8
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30 No
LAW3009 Critical Issues in Human Dignity and Law 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
LAW3028 Intellectual Property 30 No
LAW3032 Law of Obligations II 30 No
LAW3040 English Legal History 30 No
LAW3041 Trusts 30 No
LAW3043 Company Law 30 No
LAW3047A Comparative Law Dissertation 30 No
LAW3051 French Law of Contracts 30 No
LAW3059 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 No
LAW3066 Medical Ethics and Law 15 No
LAW3083 Company Law Foundation 15 No
LAW3135 Corporate Social Responsibility and Law 15 No
LAW3137 Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy 15 No
LAW3142 Environmental Law and Planning 30 No
LAW3146 International Law, Conflict and Strategy 30 No
LAW3148 European Convention on Human Rights: Theory and Practice 30 No
LAW3150 Unjust Enrichment 15 No
LAW3151A Research Paper (Term 1) 15 No
LAW3151B Research Paper (Term 2) 15 No
LAW3154 Insurance Law 30 No
LAW3155 Law, Politics and Power 30 No
LAW3156 Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law 30 No
LAW3164 Conflict of Laws 30 No
LAW3165 Charity Law 30 No
LAW3166 Law and the Humanities 15 No
LAW3167 Access to Justice Clinic 30 No
LAW3168 Criminal Justice and Evidence 30 No
LAW3169 Equality and Diversity at Work 15 No
LAW3047 Dissertation 30 No
LAW3003B Criminal Law 30 No
LAW3016C Legal Response to Environmental Destruction 15 No
LAW3041B Trusts 30 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 fundamental rules, theories, principles and conceptual framework of the seven foundation subjects of English and EU law, and of those optional legal subjects selected for study, as well as related academic opinion;
3. Follow and understand current developments in English law in the subjects of study;
4. Research a legal question and demonstrate competence in applying legal knowledge in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it;
5. Demonstrate detailed and accurate understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates.

Subject knowledge and skills are acquired through lectures, student syndicate
meetings and tutor led seminars, library tuition, essays, legal skills
workshops, formative work and reflective learning.

1 Unseen or seen examinations 1-5: for example, all compulsory modules involve
an unseen examination; some optional modules involve a seen examination – see
optional module details;

2 Open/closed note examinations 1-5: for example, all stage one compulsory
modules involve a closed note examination; some stage three optional modules
involve an open note examination – see optional module details;

3 Assessed essays 1-5: for example, in 2015-16 the compulsory stage two Land
Law module involves an assessed essay; from 2016-17 all stage two compulsory
modules will involve an assessed essay; some stage three optional modules also
involve assessed essays – see optional module details;

4 Dissertation 1-5: writing a dissertation is an option in stage three; there
is also a shorter Research Paper option;

5 Assessment of legal skills 1-5: this runs through all Law modules, but is
especially emphasised in the stage one compulsory Legal Foundations module.

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 efficiently legal and other relevant information in paper, electronic and online form, with minimum guidance.
7. Use the theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical advice and imaginative solutions to particular problems, independently and effectively.
8. Work independently to synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources; appreciate their relative value; and separate the relevant from the peripheral.
9. Make an independent and effective critical judgement about the merits of particular arguments and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments.
10. Communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline and in task-specific ways.

Essays; lectures; syndicate meetings, seminars, legal skills workshops
and formative work.

6 Essays / coursework 6 -10: for example, in 2015-16 the compulsory
stage two Land Law module involves an assessed essay; from 2016-17 all stage
two compulsory modules will involve an assessed essay; some stage three
optional modules also involve assessed essays – see optional module details;

7 Legal skills 6 -10: developing legal skills runs through all Law modules, but
this is especially emphasised in the stage one compulsory Legal Foundations
module;

8 Oral presentations require you to put across your arguments clearly and
concisely 6 -10: all syndicate meetings, seminars and other workshops, as well
as assessed presentations, require you to do this – particular examples include
the assessed presentations in Legal Foundations and all compulsory module
seminars to which students are expected to contribute;

9 Examinations often contain a large element aimed at testing ability to
separate the relevant from the irrelevant. 6 -10: this applies to all modules
assessed by examination – see above.

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 and interact effectively and proactively in a group, share information and ideas, and manage related practical matters.
13. Work independently, managing your time and learning resources efficiently, and developing appropriate task-specific strategies
14. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments, accurately and effectively, in both oral and written form.
15. Reflect on, evaluate and assess own learning and ability autonomously, and where necessary proactively seek and make effective use of advice and feedback.
16. Identify, retrieve and use, independently and efficiently, a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance
17. Apply appropriate strategies for solving conceptual and practical problems, making critical judgements and choosing autonomously 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. Syndicate
meetings and seminars encourage you to work independently and in groups with
the aim of presenting and criticising materials in interesting and varied forms
(skills 11- 17). Essays particularly encourage skills 11, 13-17); lectures (11,
13, 14, 15, 17); legal skills seminars (e.g. advocacy and  negotiation) (11-17). Personal
Development Planning and Personal Tutor meetings focus upon your development of
all key skills and your ability to reflect upon this and in particular skill 15.

11 Examination skills 11,13-15, 17: this applies to all modules assessed
by examination – see above.

12 Assessed essay skills 11,13-17: this applies to all modules assessed by
essay – see above.

13 Oral presentations 11,13-17: this applies to all modules involving oral
contributions and assessed presentations – see above.

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

136

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

30/04/2015