Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

LLB Law with European Study

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Law with European Study Programme codeUFL4LAWLAW01
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

Academic Description

 

This four year LLB degree programme is 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, and if applicable a language module, in the first two stages, you study at a European partner institution in stage three. On your return to Exeter in in stage four, you will study your final core module and select from a range of optional modules.

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 give you the opportunity to acquire and develop essential analytical, practice-facing and marketable transferable skills.
2. To enable you to extend your legal knowledge and understanding beyond the foundation subjects of English law by providing you with a basic knowledge and understanding of selected elements of the law of another European jurisdiction.
3. To enable you to identify, locate and critically appraise English legal materials and those of another European legal system.
4. To enable you to apply the principles of law and legal rules in both common law and civil law jurisdictions.
5. To enable you to understand some of the major theoretical foundations of law and to evaluate them.
6. To enable you to understand law and its operation in its social, political, economic and legal practice contexts.
7. To encourage you to reason logically, supporting the process with legal authority, academic commentary and by reference to other relevant materials.
8. 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.
9. To provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop your written and oral communication skills in English and another language.
10. To provide you with the educational and cultural experience of studying in a university abroad.
11. 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

This programme is a four year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into four ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The Exeter-based programme is arranged into two semesters and 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. Modules have a credit rating of 30 credits or 15 credits, and take place over two semesters (or one semester for 15 credit modules). A distinctive feature of the Exeter based programme is, in relation to the core modules, the four-tier approach of lectures, student syndicate meetings, and tutor-led seminars and surgeries which emphasise both legal knowledge and understanding as well as the acquisition of legal and interpersonal skills.

The year abroad is taken in Stage 3 and is spent at a university with which the University of Exeter has partnership links through the ERASMUS student exchange programme. These are the Universities of: Aix-Marseille, France; Paris Sceaux, France; Strasbourg, France; Dresden, Germany; Munster, Germany; Bucerius Law School, Germany; Szeged, Hungary; Bologna, Italy; Wroclaw, Poland; Deusto (Bilbao), Spain; Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid), Spain; Geneva, Switzerland; Maastricht, The Netherlands; Groningen, The Netherlands; Akureyri, Iceland; University College Dublin, Ireland. Modules are chosen from a list of prescribed modules offered by the host institution as agreed between the host institution and the Law School, which in total amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS credits).

Your performance in the year abroad counts towards the classification of the Exeter degree. A single mark is calculated for the year abroad based on your examination performance in your host institution. Where appropriate, each module is weighted in accordance with its ECTS credit rating. For the purpose of attributing an Exeter mark to the year abroad, conversion tables approved by the external examiners are used to translate the marks obtained abroad to Exeter marks.

For the assessment, progression and classification conventions of the Law School in relation to this programme see the undergraduate handbook. Note that any failure in any Law School module taken in a Law School programme cannot be condoned. A failure in a non-Law module within a Law School programme may be condoned.

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/  

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/ug  

You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year.

 

In your first year, you will take three compulsory 30 credit English law modules. If you are to take your third year overseas at a university that delivers your modules in a language other than English, you must take a 30 credit module in that language in your first year. If you are to take your third year overseas at a university that delivers your modules in English, you must take (English) Criminal Law in your first year.

 

In your second year, you will take three compulsory 30 credit English law modules. If you are to take your third year overseas at a university that delivers your modules in a language other than English, you must take a 30 credit module in that language in your second year. If you are to take your third year overseas at a university that delivers your modules in English, you must take (English) Trusts Law in your second year.

[ If you have taken Criminal Law in your first year (as an alternative to studying a language in your first year – see above), in your second year you may also choose to take 30 credits in a subject outside law, subject to prior approval. ]

Your third year will be spent at the law faculty of one of our European partner institutions.

 

In your fourth year:

If you take your third year overseas at a university that delivers your modules in a language other than English, you must take two compulsory 30 credit modules in your fourth year, along with 60 credits of option modules.

If you are to take your third year overseas at a university that delivers your modules in English, you will take 120 credits of option modules. In your fourth year, you may choose to take 30 credits in a subject outside law, subject to prior approval.

  

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional Modules

30 credits of language modules relevant to the country in which your
third year will be spent. If you intend to study in English for your year
abroad you will be required to take LAW1003 Criminal Law.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law & Languages Stage 3 modules 2017-8
FLF3415 French Advanced 1 15 No
FLF3430 French Advanced 1 30 No
FLF3515 French Advanced 2 15 No
FLF3530 French Advanced 2 30 No
FLF3715 French Advanced Three 15 No
FLF3730 French Advanced Three 30 No
FLG3415 German Advanced 1 15 No
FLG3430 German Advanced 1 30 No
FLG3515 German Advanced 2 15 No
FLG3530 German Advanced 2 30 No
FLI2415 Italian Advanced One 15 No
FLI3430 Italian Advanced I 30 No
FLS3430 Spanish Advanced 1 30 No
FLS3515 Spanish Advanced 2 15 No
FLS3530 Spanish Advanced 2 30 No
FLS3715 Spanish Advanced Three 15 No
FLS3730 Spanish Advanced Three 30 No
FLS3415 Spanish Advanced 1 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional Modules

30 credits of language modules relevant to the country in which your
third year will be spent. If you intend to study in English during your year
abroad you will be required to take Trusts Law (LAW2041).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law & Languages Stage 3 modules 2017-8
FLF3415 French Advanced 1 15 No
FLF3430 French Advanced 1 30 No
FLF3515 French Advanced 2 15 No
FLF3530 French Advanced 2 30 No
FLF3715 French Advanced Three 15 No
FLF3730 French Advanced Three 30 No
FLG3415 German Advanced 1 15 No
FLG3430 German Advanced 1 30 No
FLG3515 German Advanced 2 15 No
FLG3530 German Advanced 2 30 No
FLI2415 Italian Advanced One 15 No
FLI3430 Italian Advanced I 30 No
FLS3430 Spanish Advanced 1 30 No
FLS3515 Spanish Advanced 2 15 No
FLS3530 Spanish Advanced 2 30 No
FLS3715 Spanish Advanced Three 15 No
FLS3730 Spanish Advanced Three 30 No
FLS3415 Spanish Advanced 1 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


Your third year will be spent at the law faculty of one of our European
partner institutions. Your study hours will be set by the host institution and
you will undertake modules equivalent to 120 credits. You will be required to
show appropriate evidence of satisfactory attendance and performance during
your year abroad.

Compulsory Modules

The choice of modules that you take is dependent on the modules offered
or required by the host university.

Optional Modules

The choice of modules that you take is dependent on the modules offered
or required by the host university.

Total Credits for Stage 3

120

Stage 4


There will only be any compulsory modules if you took language modules
in years 1 and 2, in which case you will do the compulsory modules of Criminal
Law and Trusts Law (together with 60 credits of option modules). If you took
Criminal Law in Year 1 and Trusts Law in Year 2, you will take 120 credits of
optional modules in Year 4.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3003 Criminal Law (unless you have already taken LAW1003)30Yes

Optional Modules

You will choose optional modules worth 60 credits (90 credits if a student has previously taken LAW1003 Criminal Law in their first year, see below). If you wish, you may substitute 30 law credits for options in another subject. Note that any failure in any Law School module taken in a Law School programme cannot be condoned. A failure in a non-Law module within a Law School programme may be condoned.

If you have previously taken LAW1003 Criminal Law you will not take LAW3003 Criminal Law, but will instead take an additional 30 credits of optional modules.

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 knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and practical features of the English legal system, its institutions and procedures (see Educational Aims - 1, above).
2. Demonstrate a competent knowledge of selected elements of a foreign European legal system, its institutions and procedures.
3. 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; (see Educational Aims - 1, above).
4. Follow and understand current developments in English law in the subjects of study and to have some appreciation of the current developments in the foreign law studied (see Educational Aims - 1 and 3, above).
5. Research a legal question and demonstrate competence in applying legal knowledge in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it; (see Educational Aims - 3, above).
6. Demonstrate competent understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, 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, student
syndicate meetings and tutor led seminars and surgeries; library tuition;
essays; legal skills workshops, formative work, reflective learning and
presentations.

1 Unseen or seen examinations 1-6: 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 1-6: 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 1-6: 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 1-6: writing a dissertation is an option in stage three; there is also a shorter Research Paper option;
5 Assessment of legal skills 1-6: this runs through all Law modules, but the English law-facing skills are 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:

7. Identify, locate, retrieve and evaluate efficiently English and selected foreign legal and other relevant information in paper, electronic and online form, with minimum guidance.
8. Use theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical advice and imaginative solutions to particular problems, independently and effectively.
9. Work independently to 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.
10. Make an independent and effective critical judgement about the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
11. 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 7-11: 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 7-11: 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 7-11: 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. 7-11: 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:

12. Manage time effectively, plan activity and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines, and demonstrating an ability to work under pressure.
13. Work and interact effectively and proactively in a group, share information and ideas, and manage related practical matters.
14. Work independently, managing your time and learning resources, and developing appropriate task-specific strategies.
15. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments, accurately and effectively, in both oral and written form.
16. Reflect on, evaluate and assess own learning and ability autonomously, and where necessary proactively seek and make effective use of advice and feedback.
17. Identify, retrieve and use, independently and efficiently, a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance.
18. Apply appropriate strategies for solving conceptual and practical problems, making critical judgements and choosing autonomously between alternative solutions and arguments.
19. To comprehend a foreign language and to express yourself competently in that language both orally and in writing

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 12-19). Essays (skills 12,14,15,16,17,18,19, ); lectures
(12,14,15,18,19); legal skills workshops (skills 12,13,15,16,18,19). Personal
Development Planning and Personal Tutor meetings focus upon a student’s
development of all key skills and their ability to reflect upon this and in
particular skill 16.

11 Examinations (skills 12,14,15,16,18,19): this applies to all modules assessed by examination – see above.

12 Assessed Essays (skills 12,14,15,16,17,18,19): this applies to all modules assessed by essay – see above.

13 Oral presentations (12,14,15,16,17,18,19): 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 with European Study

19. UCAS Code

M124

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

01/10/1996

Date of last revision

30/04/2015