Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

LLB Law with International Study

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Law with International Study Programme codeUFL4LAWLAW03
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 four year 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 in the first two stages, you study overseas in stage three in another common law jurisdiction. On your return to Exeter in stage four, you will undertake a compulsory comparative dissertation module and select from a range of optional modules.

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 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 English-speaking country.
3. To enable you to identify, locate and critically appraise English legal materials and those of another legal system.
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 develop your ability to undertake independent research and to apply comparatively the principles of law and legal rules in different common law jurisdictions.
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 educational and cultural experience of studying in a university abroad.
10. 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. These currently include the Universities
of Connecticut, USA; Carleton, Canada; Singapore Management University; and
Wollongong, Australia. Modules are chosen from those offered by the host
institution as agreed between the host institution and the Law School, which in
total amount to 120 credits. 



During this year, you will not normally be able to take more than one 30 credit
equivalent comparative foundation module, not more than 30 credits of non-law
modules and not more than 30 credits of level one modules at the host
institution.

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/

Due to the qualifying nature of the Exeter LLB with International Study
degree, no modules are condonable.

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


Your third year will be spent at the host university. 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.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3000B Law with International Study: Year Abroad Module 120Yes

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


You will take one compulsory 30 credit module, being the Dissertation
module.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3047A Comparative Law Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

90 credits of optional modules (60)

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
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
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
LAW3132 Islamic Law and Society 15 No
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 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 they have studied (see Educational Aims - 1-3, 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. 



Students will be asked to attend workshops and lectures on comparative law
methodologies in preparation for the year abroad and must submit a detailed
plan of their dissertation by the end of their year abroad.

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 on-line 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; appreciate their relative value; and separate the relevant from the peripheral.
10. Make an independent and effective critical judgement about the merits of particular arguments and make reasoned choices 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. Reflect comparatively and in an effective way on legal learning in two jurisdictions.

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 students to work independently and in groups
with the aim of presenting and criticising materials in interesting and varied
forms (skills 12-19),  Essays (skills
12,14-19); lectures (12,14,15,18,19); legal skills workshops (skills 12,13, 14,15,16,18,19),
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 International Study

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

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

01/10/2009

Date of last revision

30/04/2015