Law & Social Science

School of Law & Social Science

At the School of Law and Social Science we have over 40 years’ experience offering a range of law degrees, including the highly regarded LLB (Hons), which is accredited by the legal professions. We pride ourselves on providing a vibrant, stimulating, friendly and sociable environment in which you will study. Our LLB degree is very well regarded nationally and internationally and the School of Law and Social Science has an excellent reputation within the professions, business and industry for the impressive quality of our graduates, who bring academic calibre, professionalism and commercial awareness to the workplace.

Anyone else who has studied alongside working full-time will tell you that it is very challenging, particularly when you’re working to professional and academic deadlines daily, but there is also a great sense of achievement at the end of it

Danielle McLoughlin, Senior Solicitor & UCLan Graduate

Continual and Professional Development Courses

Here at the School of Law and Social Science, we offer a comprehensive programme of Continuing Professional Development workshops and short courses, as well as bespoke or in-house training. We use our expertise to provide businesses with up-to-date knowledge, research and learning.

Our CPD workshops cover accredited training in Civil and Commercial Mediation, and Domestic & International Arbitration. We also offer a fully fleshed-out Professional Skills Course for trainee solicitors.

The trainers had excellent communication skills, were enthusiastic and inspirational

Michael Redfern, QC
Solicitors Journal Awards 2017, Legal Education Provider of the Year - Highly Commended
The School of Law and Social Science is celebrating over 40 years of teaching
Preston is one of the largest hubs in the UK for legal trials
In 2016 student Dominic Suffolk was awarded the Neuberger Prize by Lincoln's Inn

Highlights of our Law and Criminology Courses

Moot court


Our highly qualified staff include internationally renowned research experts, award-winning teachers and industry professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields. Many staff are professionally qualified with experience of working in private practice, with business or in public sector organisations. We have a strong network of alumni within the professions and business which, alongside our strong industry links, enable us to provide industry relevant courses.


Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from within and outside the legal professions. You will have the opportunity to benefit from a work placement and to study a law clinic module, interviewing real clients, supported by your tutor. The School of Law and Social Science has developed employability and community links so students can engage with employers and practitioners to develop their pathway into work. Sociology and Public Services also share a work placement module which offers volunteering/work experience opportunities.


Our social science degrees reflect staff research interests across a range of concerns and approaches, for example crime and social justice; social media, youth and culture; migration and home; gender, sexualities and violence; health; and disability.


All our LLB courses are validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the academic stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.


Our Law and Social Science School graduates are highly sought after in the workplace, which is why we’re consistently ranked in the UK’s top 15-20% of law schools for graduate level employment (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey). Students may also wish to take their sociology research further, if so, there is the opportunity to continue and study for Masters by Research or PhD with us.


Our Criminology graduates have gone on to work for the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, and youth offending teams. Our Social Science graduates have progressed into career areas such a teaching, journalism, government research, postgraduate studies, social work and social care.


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The Foundation Entry course has such a good structure. Learning how to build essays as well as learning the law is a huge advantage! When I do transfer onto the LLB course I will have valuable experience and will have a clearer idea of what to expect.

Danielle Louise Powell, LLB Law Foundation Entry Student

For anyone thinking of applying for or starting a sociology degree I would say it’s a hugely interesting and life-changing programme that really develops critical thinking and will change the way you view the world.

Victoria Yates, Masters By Research, Sociology


LLB (Hons) Law

Mark Fenning

Mark Fenning has gone from Law graduate at UCLan to a senior associate at Stephensons Solicitors in just eight years; and in 2016 Mark was appointed a Partner.


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