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Programme Specification for the 2020/1 academic year

LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise) Programme codeUFL4LAWLAW06
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2020/1
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The four year LLB in English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise) is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board and has a series of compulsory modules which give you exemption from the academic stage of professional training. On graduation, you will be able to proceed to the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or the Barristers’ Bar Professional Training Course.

In addition to being exempt from the academic stages of professional training in the UK, graduates will have the necessary knowledge for passing the aptitude test which enables lawyers from EU member states to practise as a lawyer in France. 

During this programme, you will spend your first three years in Exeter studying (in English) the necessary foundation subjects for the LLB. At the same time, modules in French law are studied with lectures given, and essays written, in French. You must be competent in the French language, evidenced by A level or equivalent. The lecturers in French Law at Exeter Law School are French lawyers who offer tuition in small groups.

In the fourth year you will study at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1 and follow one of the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) programmes . Upon successful completion, you will obtain the dual qualification of LLB (European) (University of Exeter) and Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) (University of Rennes 1).

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 French law which meets the requirements set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for the academic stage of legal training, 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 at least a basic knowledge and understanding of selected principal branches of French law.
3. To enable you to identify, locate and critically appraise English legal materials and French legal materials.
4. To enable you to apply the principles of law and legal rules in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, to solve and analyse practical problems, and to advise what to do in practical situations.
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 context.
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 the study of individual modules and through the complimentary 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 opportunity to enhance and develop your written and oral communication skills in English and French
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

The programme is studied over four academic stages and is University based throughout that time. The final academic year is spent in France, at the Law faculty of the University of Rennes 1. The Exeter based programme is divided into units of study called modules. Modules have a credit rating of 15 or 30 credits. A distinctive feature of the programme is the four-tier approach of interactive lectures, student syndicate meetings, tutor-led seminars and surgeries, which emphasise both legal knowledge and understanding as well as the acquisition of legal and interpersonal skills. The Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) programme comprises modules chosen from a list of prescribed modules, which in total amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS credits).

Innovative features of programme:

The programme provides the opportunity to obtain a Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit)  from the University of Rennes 1 as well as the degree of LLB (UK) from the University of Exeter.

French Law modules are taught at Exeter at levels one, two and three by academics trained in the French jurisdiction who teach and research in their own legal tradition. All the teaching and examination of the French Law modules at Exeter is accordingly conducted entirely in French.

The fourth year abroad is undertaken under the auspices of the Erasmus programme. You are required by the Erasmus programme to undertake 60 ECTS credits in your year abroad, which is the equivalent of 120 credits at Exeter.

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.

You will take modules adding up to 120 credits each year. You will combine modules on English law with modules in French law 

Stage 1

You will take four modules of 30 credits each. 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW1004 The Law of Contract 30Yes
LAW1013 French Constitutional Law 30Yes
LAW1035 Constitutional and Administrative Law 30Yes
LAW1036 Legal Foundations 30Yes
Total Credits for Stage 1


Stage 2

You will take three modules of 30 credits each. 


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2015 The Law of Torts 30Yes
LAW2017 Land Law 30Yes
LAW2033 French Administrative Law 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2034 European Union Law OR30Yes
LAW2103 European Union Law And 15 Credits of optional Modules to be taken from those offered in the Law School15Yes
LAW S2 opt 2020-21
LAW2093 EU Trade Law 15 No
LAW2095 Equality and Diversity 15 No
LAW2104 Changing the Law - Theory and Practice 15 No
LAW2105 Advanced EU Law 15 No
LAW2109 Competition Law 15 No
LAW2139 Comparative Contract Law 15 No
LAW2144 International Law and the United Kingdom 15 No
LAW2145 The Law of Freedom of Expression 15 No
LAW2171 Human Rights and Human Dignity 15 No
LAW3187 Criminal Law, History and Theory 15 No
LAW3188 Internet Law 15 No
LAW3189 Shipping Law 15 No
LAW3190 Artificial Intelligence and the Law 15 No
LAW3191 International Commercial Arbitration 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2


Stage 3

You will take three modules of 30 credits each. 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30Yes
LAW3041 Trusts 30Yes
LAW3051 French Law of Contract 30Yes

Optional Modules

30 credits of optional modules or a 30 credit non Law module.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW SF opt 2019-20
LAW3003 Criminal Law 30 No
LAW3003B Criminal Law 30 No
LAW3011 Gender, Sexuality and Law 15 No
LAW3019 Commercial Law 30 No
LAW3100 Human trafficking and modern slavery 15 No
LAW3102 Art and Law 15 No
LAW3182 Competition Law 15 No
LAW3178 The Law of Freedom of Expression 15 No
LAW3020 Family Law 30 No
LAW3024 Public International Law 30 No
LAW3026 Employment Law 30 No
LAW3028 Intellectual Property 30 No
LAW3030 Introduction to Discrimination Law 15 No
LAW3043 Company Law 30 No
LAW3059 Alternative Dispute Resolution 15 No
LAW3083 Company Law Foundation 15 No
LAW3093 (European) Internet Law 15 No
LAW3132 Islamic Law and Society 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 Human Rights Law: The European Convention On Human Rights 30 No
LAW3153 (European) Consumer Law 15 No
LAW3154 Insurance Law 30 No
LAW3155 Law, Politics and Power 30 No
LAW3156 Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law 30 No
LAW3160 Family Law: Child Law 15 No
LAW3184 International Commercial Litigation 15 No
LAW3185 International Family Law 15 No
LAW3165 Charity Law 30 No
LAW3167 Access to Justice Clinic 30 No
LAW3168 Criminal Justice and Evidence 30 No
LAW3169 Equality and Diversity at Work 15 No
LAW3170 Medical Ethics and Law 30 No
LAW3171 Human Rights and Human Dignity 15 No
LAW3172 Access to Justice Advice 30 No
LAW3173 Technology and Human Rights Law 15 No
LAW3175 Medical Ethics and Law Foundations 15 No
LAW3176 Researching Public International Law 15 No
LAW3181 United Nations Law 15 No
LAW3186 Law, Politics and Power 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 3


Stage 4

Stage 4: French Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1

The final year is spent at the Law Faculty of the University of Rennes 1 where you follow one of the Master 1 (Maîtrise en Droit) (Master 1) programmes.

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 essential theoretical, conceptual and practical features of the English and French legal systems, their institutions and procedures (see Educational Aims - 1).
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the fundamental rules, theories, principles and conceptual framework, as well as related academic opinion, of the seven foundation subjects of English and EU Law, and required subjects of study in French Law (see Educational Aims - 1).
3. Follow and understand current developments in English and French law in the subjects of study (see Educational Aims - 1 - 3).
4. 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).
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 in each of the jurisdictions studied (see Educational Aims- 1 - 3, above)

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

1 Unseen or seen examinations 1-5: for example, some 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 optional modules involve an open note examination – see optional module details; 
3 Assessed essays 1-5: for example, some modules  involve an assessed essay;– see module details; 
4 Dissertation 1-5: writing a dissertation is available as an optional module; 
5 Assessment of legal skills 1-5: this runs through all Law modules, but is especially emphasised in the first year compulsory Legal Foundations module; in some modules you will be required to give an Advocacy presentation; all French law modules emphasise the development of legal skills appropriate to each system;

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 English and French legal and other relevant information in paper, electronic and online form, with minimum guidance.
7. Use 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, both English and French; 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, tutorials, 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 in English law 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 first year 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 you 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 demonstrate 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.
18. Express yourself fluently in written and oral French.

Key skills are an integral part of the degree programme. Particular 
aspects of the programme focus on personal and key skills development.  Syndicate meetings, seminars and tutorials encourage you to work independently and in groups with the aim of presenting and criticising materials in interesting and varied forms (skills 11-18). Essay (skills 11,13-18); lectures (11,12, 13,14,17,18); legal skills seminars (skills 11-18), 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, 18: this applies to all modules 
assessed by examination – see above. 

12 Assessed essay skills 11,13-18: this applies to all modules assessed by 
essay – see above. 

13 Oral presentations 11,13-18: 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.


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.


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


18. Final Award

LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Law

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision