The undergraduate course is divided into two parts. The first examination, comprising three papers, is taken at the end of the second term of the first year. The remaining nine papers are examined at the end of the final year. There are a number of optional papers, which allow students to pursue their own interests, including a range of new optional half courses. Those who wish to qualify as barristers or solicitors, however, will normally choose prescribed subjects in two of the optional papers. There is also a four-year Law with Law Studies in Europe course which allows students to spend their third year abroad.
The College has two Law Fellows. Professor Fredman specialises in Labour Law, Discrimination Law, Human Rights Law and Public Law. She has published widely in these fields, and has written or co-authored three books, including her recent books 'Women and the Law' and 'Discrimination Law'. Mr Herring specialises in Family Law, Criminal Law and Medical Law. He has written leading textbooks on all three of these areas.
The College has an extremely well-stocked law library and students have access to the unparalleled resources of the nearby Bodleian Law Library. Undergraduates are taught many of their subjects in College, but the Law Tutors also ensure that students gain a wider range of exposure by having access to tutors in other colleges who specialise in specific subjects.
The College has an excellent legal tradition, and its law graduates have made significant contributions in many capacities.
Lawyers from Exeter College can be found among the judiciary, the Law Commission, in academicia; and in large numbers at the Bar and practicing as solicitors.