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Our Graduate LLB Programme Director, Tia Matt, and two Canadian Exeter Law School students discuss the Exeter Law School, what it is like coming to Exeter from Canada to study, and how the Law School supports students in their transition back to Canada

Interview with Canadian Law alumna Allison Perlman.

Excellence in Sports

The University of Exeter has been named as The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015-16.

Canadian students

Each year we welcome students from Canada, and we currently have over 100 Canadian students studying at all levels with us at Exeter, with many of those students based in the Exeter Law School.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group.  It has approximately 19,000 full time students, 25 per cent of whom are International. Our thriving multi-national community of staff and students from over 130 countries ensures you will receive a warm welcome if you choose to study with us here at Exeter. 

The legal systems of England and Wales and Canada are both based on the common law.  We offer programmes that combine academic rigour with the practical aspects of legal study.  At Exeter you can take the LLB, LLB European, or the Graduate LLB and all offer foundation subjects required by the legal regulators for qualifying law degrees in England and Wales.


LLB programmes:Typically between 82-90% average in year 12 across a minimum 5-6 subjects - depending on the province/territory. No LNAT required.

Graduate LLB programme:University grade scales vary within and across provinces but as a guide we typically require a GPA of 3.0/4.0 on a 4 point scale.


Typically we would expect postgraduate applicants from Canada to have completed a 4 year Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject and with a final grade equating to a UK 'upper second' (2:1). Grade scales vary within and across provinces but as a guide we typically require a GPA of 3.3/4.0 on a 4 point scale. However, applications are considered on a case by case basis and additional relevant qualifications or work experience may compensate for a weaker Bachelor's grade.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes (MPhil, PhD, EdD) will need to demonstrate experience of research methodologies. For this reason, often, successful research applicants will have completed a Masters degree with a thesis or dissertation component.

All students must also meet our English language requirements before they can receive an unconditional offer.

Is an LSAT test required?

We do not require applicants to have completed an LSAT.

We offer law courses at our Streatham campus in Exeter. From 2019 students will also be able to study Law at our Penryn campus in Cornwall.  If you are unable to visit us in person then have a look at each campus via our virtual tours and interactive maps.

Find out more about studying at each campus and the support available to our international students below:

An international community

Our International Student Support team are dedicated to helping you adjust to life in the UK and offer advice on immigration, transition and pastoral issues as well as offering an airport collection service.


Exeter Campus

Our Streatham campus in Exeter is one of the most beautiful in the country with lakes, parkland, woodlands and gardens for you to enjoy throughout the year and has a vibrant and welcoming student community.

Our location

  • The campus is just a 15-minute walk away from the city centre or you can take advantage of the regular bus service that runs between the campus and the city centre. Exeter is also a bike-friendly city with traffic-free cycle routes and an electric bike hire scheme
  • With good air, rail and road links we are less than two and a half hours away from London
  • Learn more about how to get to the campus and the various travel options here

Student life

With such a large campus and student community, there is also something you can get involved with. The Students’ Guild has over 200 societies ranging from sport to Faith/Worldview to music as well as an active Canadian Law Society and so you are sure to meet like-minded people and make friends for life. Visit the Students’ Guild website to see how you can get involved.

Exeter itself is a culturally rich and welcoming city with an array of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants alongside award-winning museums, independent theatres and cinemas. You can spend your free time visiting historical sites like the cathedral, castle and the underground passages or relax with friends on the beautiful quayside, maybe even take a boat trip.  

Beyond the city, you will be spoiled for choice for places to visit and things to do. You can go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, walking or cycling in Dartmoor or Exmoor National Parks or visit award-winning beaches on The English Riviera.


Penryn Campus

Made up of around 5,000 students the Penryn Campus offers intimacy and friendliness in a stunning setting close to the waterside town of Falmouth.

Our location

  • Approximately two hours’ drive from Exeter or two and a half hours by train
  • London Paddington Station is a 6-hour train journey with around 24 trains per day during the week
  • Penryn’s railway station is a 10-minute journey from Falmouth and 20  minutes from the cathedral city of Truro

Student life

There is a lot to get involved with at our Penryn Campus with over 150 student societies ranging from sports to gaming and music as well as the International Society you are sure to find like-minded people and make friends for life. Visit the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union website to find out more about the activities and events available to you.

Falmouth has a wealth of bars, pubs and restaurants and a lively café culture and is the centre of Cornwall’s creative scene. With seven stunning beaches, rivers and the world-famous marina, it is also a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf.

Surrounded by stunning coastline and beaches Cornwall is one of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations. If you venture beyond Falmouth and Truro you will find the Eden Project, home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world; Tintagel Castle, a medieval fortification often linked to the tales of King Arthur and world-famous surfing beaches in Newquay. 

Our extra-curricular activities, such as mooting, pro bono work, study tours, work placements promise to offer a unique experience in, as well as outside, the classroom. We are currently developing a series of Canadian specific student experiences such as Canadian negotiation.

The aims of the Canadian Law Society are fashioned around one simple objective: to help students who are planning on returning or moving to Canada upon graduation with regards to postgraduate education options, NCA Equivalency exam preparation, and what can generally be expected when making the transition from UK law to Canadian law. They also will host a number of socials through out the year where Canadians and non-Canadians of any discipline are welcome to join!

Canadian Law Society Facebook page

The University of Exeter has been named as The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015-16, in of the University’s outstanding support for athletes; very high student satisfaction in sport-related programmes; and world-leading research which enhances athletic performance at all levels.

The University attracts elite student athletes and has more than 50 sports clubs, supporting students at all levels of competition. The University is the top ranked institution nationally for Rugby, Golf, and Men’s Hockey. In the British Universities and College (BUCS) sport rankings, the University sits 3rd for league and cup competition across all sports for the 2014/15 season. Two thirds of the student population plays sport, and the Athletics Union at Exeter boasts 7,200 members, and in 2014/15, 28 athletes secured international representation in their sport.


The University of Exeter Hockey Club consistently achieves very high BUCS points, placing us in the top 3 universities for hockey, year after year, finishing 2nd in the BUCS rankings 2014-2015.

The University of Exeter Men’s Hockey Club (EUMHC) has long been an integral aspect of the University, and is currently one of Exeter’s High Performance Clubs. Fielding 6 teams in BUCS and finishing 1st in BUCS rankings 2014-2015 as well as 6 teams in National and local league, they offer high quality coaching and facilities for all teams throughout the club, making it one of the most successful on campus. Our 1st team plays in the BUCS Southern Premier division and attracts a number of international level athletes. EUMHC also has the most sort-after social calendar year after year.

The Exeter University Ladies Hockey Club (EULHC) boasts five teams playing in top level BUCS leagues as well as a 6th XI Development Squad and a Saturday League team. Our 1st XI play in the BUCS Premier South division as well as National League hockey for the ISCA-University side every weekend and this team is comprised of an increasing number of student players with international honours.

On Sunday evenings EULHC and EUMHC host intramural hockey matches - a great way to meet new people, play with friends or play hockey for the first time. Matches are as competitive or relaxed as you make them and regardless of experience, all matches are umpired. Whatever hockey you are looking to play at university, we cater for it all, so come and meet us!

Sports scholarships

The University of Exeter Sports Scholarship Scheme is one of the most prestigious in the UK, helping the best student athletes reach their full potential. The scheme provides a comprehensive support package and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual athlete. Many of our graduating scholars have progressed to a professional level in their chosen sport and represented their respective countries on the global stage.

Sports Scholarships are available to the most outstanding student athletes who show evidence of achievement at national or international level. They are primarily awarded to those competing in our Performance Sports including hockey, rugby, netball, golf, cricket, rowing, sailing and tennis.

Visit our dedicated pages for more information on student sport at the University of Exeter.


Canadian students who take an LLB programme at the University of Exeter can return to practice in Canada by applying for admission to a law society in a Canadian jurisdiction through taking exams through the National Committee for Accreditation (NCA). The NCA issue a Certificate of Qualification upon successful completion.

Students may have to take up to seven exams upon return to Canada (it varies depending on the programme studied and the professional experience gained), but these can usually be completed through a programme of self-study.  Exeter enjoys links with the NCA and offers a yearly seminar to students to help with module choice and applications to the NCA.

We've arranged a number of online events to allow us to meet with prospective students in Canada.

Please visit our In Your Country - Canada page for our most up-to-date information.

British Council in Canada

The British Council has two offices in Canada:


80 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5K7
Tel: +1 613 2371530
Fax: +1 613 5691478



1000 Ouest rue de la Gauchetiere, Bureau 4200, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 4W5
Tel: +1 514 8665863
Fax: +1 514 8665322