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Programme Specification for the 2020/1 academic year

LLB Law with Professional Legal Placement

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB Law with Professional Legal Placement Programme codeUFL4LAWLAW08
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2020/1
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2018

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 will work in a legal organisation in stage three. On your return to Exeter in stage four, you will undertake further study 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 legal practice and the professional ethics of the workplace.
  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 as well as in a formal workplace setting.
  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 insight into the practice and challenges of the practice of law through a professional legal placement.
  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

The placement year is taken in Stage 3 and is spent working in a firm, company or organisation with which the University of Exeter has partnership links. During the placement year you will be expected to complete assessments which in total amount to 120 credits.  

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.

Due to the qualifying nature of the Exeter LLB with Professional Legal Placement degree, no modules are condonable.

Stage 1


120 credits 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
Total Credits for Stage 1

Stage 2


90 credits compulsory modules.

30 credits optional modules made up of EITHER LAW2034 OR LAW2103 and 1x 15-credit module option from the Law School.

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2034 European Union Law OR30Yes
LAW2103 European Union Law 15Yes
Total Credits for Stage 2

Stage 3


Your third year will be spent on legal work placement. Your workplace contract will be organised directly with your employer which is a partner organisation to the Law School. During your placement you will undertake modules equivalent to 120 credits. You will be required to show appropriate evidence of satisfactory attendance and performance during your placement. 

Compulsory Modules

120 credits compulsory modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3701 Law Placement 120Yes
Total Credits for Stage 3

Stage 4


120 credits of optional modules.

Total Credits for Stage 4

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 and capacity reflect on the work of the legal organisation where you had your placement as well as, its 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 legal profession and the future of law (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.  

Unseen or seen examinations ILOs 1-6: for example, all compulsory modules involve an unseen examination; some optional modules involve a seen examination – see optional module details; 

Open/closed note examinations ILOs 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; 

Assessed essays ILOs 1-6: for example all stage two compulsory modules involve an assessed essay; some stage three optional modules also involve assessed essays – see optional module details; 

Dissertation ILOs 1-6: writing a dissertation is an option in stage three; there is also a shorter Research Paper option; 
Assessment of legal skills ILOs 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.

Business report writing ILOs 1 – 6 e.g. as part of the Law Placement 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; 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

Essays / coursework ILOs 7-11: for example, the compulsory stage two Land Law module involves an assessed essay; all stage two compulsory modules involve an assessed essay; some stage three optional modules also involve assessed essays – see optional module details; 

Legal skills ILOs 7-11: developing legal skills runs through all Law modules, but this is especially emphasised in the stage one compulsory Legal Foundations module; 

Oral presentations require you to put across your arguments clearly and concisely ILOs 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; 

Examinations often contain a large element aimed at testing ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant. ILOs 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 (ILOs 12-19),  

Essays (ILOs12,14-19); lectures (ILOs 12,14,15,18,19); legal skills workshops (ILOs 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 ILO 16).

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

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

Oral presentations (ILOs 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

EDF from summer 2018 and other firms, companies and organisations thereafter.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

136

18. Final Award

LLB Law with Professional Legal Placement

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 Date of last revision