The University of Exeter is one of the top universities in the world, with high levels of student satisfaction, access to fantastic purpose-built facilities, great career prospects, renowned research-led teaching and a welcoming, and growing, international student community.
Boasting award-winning green campuses in the cathedral city of Exeter (Devon) and in Penryn (Cornwall), the University’s of Exeter’s students enjoy an excellent quality of life and outstanding, globally-recognized quality of teaching and research. The University of Exeter has seen its student population grow to over 30,000 students in recent years, with over 20% of students coming from outside the UK. The University received its Royal Charter in 1955, though its origins date to the mid-19th Century.
At both of its Exeter and Cornwall campuses, the university is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with easy access to stunning coastlines, outstanding national parks and direct rail connections to Bristol and London, meaning you have a plethora of recreational activities at your doorstep.
The University of Exeter does not require LSAT for entry onto its School of Law programmes and offers a range of scholarships for Canadian students. Exeter’s Law degrees involve Law Clinic opportunities, mock trials and negotiations and small class sizes with employability-focused assessment, and feature a dedicated Canadian elective module. Students will benefit from personal tutor support throughout their studies.
STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER’S SCHOOL OF LAW
The University of Exeter’s Law School has an outstanding international reputation, with exciting prospects in human rights, international law, legal history and European law, attracting academics, visiting lecturers and students from across the globe. Exeter is an ambitious, dynamic and friendly law school delivering a first-class legal education at an elite Russell Group university.
Exeter combines academic excellence with innovative teaching to provide you with the experience, skills and confidence you need to build a successful career. The curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that you will experience different learning and assessment methods, which will enable you to develop your legal skills both within and beyond the classroom. The Law Clinic provides students with the opportunity to engage with applied learning and pro bono activities while the Law School’s employability advisor provides bespoke careers guidance to students who want to pursue legal and non-legal career pathways.
HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER’S SCHOOL OF LAW
Students have studied law at the university since 1923, though originally as part of the University College of the South West until Incorporation by Royal Charter in 1955, which established Exeter as a university in its own right. Prominent alumni include Martin Cauchon, former Canadian Minister of Justice, as well as a host of senior legal professionals in the UK such as Appeal Court Justice The Rt Hon Lord Patrick Elias, Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales The Rt Hon Lord Justice John Goldring, as well as a number of High Court Judges, Circuit Judges, QCs and partners at Magic Circle law firms. The Law School also boasts prominent alumni in non-legal careers. Today the staff and students of the Law School form a cosmopolitan group reflecting the international reputation of its research and teaching.
CANADIAN FOCUS AND INTERNATIONALISATION
The University of Exeter is proud to welcome Canadian Law students and is delighted to operate a dedicated scholarship programme expressly to support Canadian students. On returning to Canada, Exeter is highly engaged with its alumni community in Canada and convene a host of networking events and opportunities to come together. Exeter has over 100 Canadian students studying Law at all levels, and there are many opportunities for networking with compatriots and with students from across the UK and around the world.
At the Undergraduate level, Exeter offers a number of innovative degrees allowing international study, including the pioneering LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 programme. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you choose to study, may also gain a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.
At the Master’s level, Exeter offers a range of taught courses with an international focus, including LLM Commercial Law, LLM International Law, LLM General Legal Studies and LLM Law and Business.
The University of Exeter believes in ensuring students develop outstanding employment prospects. You will have the opportunity to attend sessions and discussions, engage with speakers as well as network with members.
The University of Exeter also hosts a three-week International Summer School. The Law Summer School is designed to offer a unique introduction to some of the key aspects of English, European and International Law. In addition, it aims to provide an insight into British and European culture and thought with an opportunity to reflect on some of the key themes in the current global agenda.
AREAS OF LEGAL EXPERTISE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER’S SCHOOL OF LAW
The University of Exeter offers a range of exciting degree programmes that empower Canadian graduates to develop meaningful and rewarding careers both inside and alongside the legal profession.
An Exeter Law degree delivers a rigorous understanding of legal principles as well as an examination of law in different theoretical and social contexts, with a constant eye on regional and global developments. The experience of studying law in applied settings; through community legal projects, advocacy, pro bono work, small learning communities, mooting, or via a 4-year work placement programme; is a characteristic of the Exeter approach.
As well as offering a Graduate LLB programme (by which students with an existing undergraduate degree in any discipline can complete an undergraduate law qualification in just two years), Exeter also offers the Maitrise en Droit, a four-year programme that enables you to graduate with the LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1. On this programme, you will study your first three years at Exeter, and you will spend your final year at the University of Rennes I in Brittany, France. This wide-ranging legal qualification will prepare you to practice law in both common and civil law jurisdictions, providing Canadian graduates with excellent opportunities to develop their careers across Canadian legal jurisdictions such as Ontario and Quebec.
University of Exeter Law degrees can be augmented with Professional Placement and Industrial Placement opportunities as well, and interested students should contact the University or Canada Law From Abroad for more information.
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER FACILITIES
The University has invested heavily in new teaching, recreational, accommodation and sporting facilities in recent years. A focal point of Exeter’s Streatham campus is the £50m Forum building which brings together all student services in one architecturally award-winning building. An enlarged library (open 24/7), exploration labs, career zone and international student support sit alongside a supermarket, a bank, student bar and numerous restaurants and cafes.
The Students' Guild in Exeter and FXU in Cornwall are instrumental in organising events and activities for students. Students can enjoy on-campus entertainment including regular live music and the region’s main theatre, the Northcott, is situated on the Streatham campus. On the Cornwall campus, the Stannary, with a 1,300 capacity, is the social hub of the campus and has become one of Cornwall’s best live venues with gigs, comedy and club nights.
SPORTS AND SOCIETIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
The University of Exeter’s Student Guild coordinate over 300 different clubs and societies, providing students with the chance to meet likeminded peers and take part in a huge diversity of interests.
These include a Canadian Law Society, 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 throughout the year where Canadians and non-Canadians of any discipline are welcome to join!
Along with the Canadian Law Society, Exeter’s societies include everything from comic books to baking to film to debating to orchestral and choral groups (and even a Real Ale society!). There is literally something for everyone. Search the University of Exeter’s Student Guild, Society and Groups.
The University of Exeter is famous for its excellence in sports, consistently rated as a top five UK university by the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and the Top University in the South of England. The University has invested £30m in sports facilities and services, from gyms to tennis courts and an outdoor pool at the University’s Streatham campus.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Accommodation is guaranteed to all new international students entering their first year of studies once their academic offer is ‘firmly accepted’. There are many accommodation options to suit different budgets, including catered or self-catering options, private bedrooms or co-habitating, with a wealth of options available on our campuses within easy reach on foot from classes, the University’s outstanding gardens and all student amenities.
Students on the Graduate LLB programme are able to apply for rooms in postgraduate accommodation, notwithstanding that student on other LLB programmes are allocated rooms in undergraduate halls.
Students are also able to rent privately in many locations in the city of Exeter, and the University’s Accommodation team can advise on options, from house shares to dedicated private student residences.
INTERNSHIPS AND STUDY ABROAD OPTIONS
Your university experience at Exeter can reach far beyond the Southwest of England: the Global Opportunities Team facilitates student mobility across Europe and internationally through a number of recognised schemes as part of your degree programme. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.
Normal Bachelors degree programmes in England take three years to complete. With a Study Abroad component, you can add a fourth year to your degree, which will be spent studying at one of the University’s partners around the world. You pay just a small percentage of your tuition to Exeter while you are studying with a partner. Please contact the University of Exeter to learn more about how to apply as an undergraduate student with Study Abroad.
EMPLOYABILITY AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The Student Employability team at the University of Exeter is a key resource for students, graduates and graduate recruiters. There are over 40 staff working to help improve student chances of getting a great job after they graduate. Through the Career Zone, the University of Exeter provides one-to-one guidance and careers information, with a service that places an emphasis on co-operative working, joining with university alumni and local businesses to help students learn more about their chosen career paths.
The University of Exeter has an excellent graduate employability rate, in part because of the many services provided to help match students with industry placement opportunities, internships, careers fairs and through the inclusion of a full year of work experience through a four-year undergraduate programme through Work Experience pathway. You can contact the University of Exeter to learn more about how the Work Experience pathway works and how you can apply, as well as any other queries on careers support.
STUDY IN EXETER OR CORNWALL
Exeter is renowned as one of the safest, cleanest and greenest cities in the UK, and the Southwest of England boasts an outstanding quality of life, surrounded by beautiful coastlines and national parks. Exeter is a commercial and cultural hub for the Southwest of England and the city centre is only a short walk from both the Streatham and St Luke's campuses.
On and around the Cornwall campus in Penryn, you’ll find a fantastic student lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Nearby Falmouth is a vibrant town with a hip bar and café culture. The town’s beaches are a perfect place to relax after classes and its marina is a renowned centre for sailing and other water sports.
You can reach London Paddington station in just two hours by rail from Exeter St David’s Station, and Bristol is just one hour away by rail as well. Regional rail lines will also connect you to the beautiful countryside and coast.