Law and Social Science Courses

Celebrating 40 years of teaching

The School of Law and Social Science have over 40 years’ experience offering a range of degrees. We pride ourselves on providing a vibrant, stimulating, friendly and sociable environment in which to study. The School is housed within the historic and imposing 19th century Harris Building which internally has been fully refurbished to provide a modern, state of the art learning environment for law, criminology and social science students. 

Students in the Moot Court


the School of Law and Social Science is consistently ranked in the top 15%-20% of law schools nationally for graduate employability (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys).

Law students on steps


Our alumni are highly sought-after and can be found working in a wide range of careers all over the world. Recent criminology alumni have secured roles within the police, prisons, and branches of the Home Office including the Border Agency and the Criminal Justice Social Work. Law graduates can be found working as judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors, as well as many who are utilising their legal skills in other industries, such as media, education, civil service and banking.

Law students abroad


Students have the option for international travel, whether it’s studying a semester or two abroad - for example at UCLan’s Cyprus campus - or participating in one of our many organised study trips, which in recent years have included visits to the institutions of the European Union in Brussels and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg; UEFA’s HQ in Geneva; the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the United Nations; and Auschwitz, Poland.

Our Courses

The School offers a full portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in both law, criminology and social science. Our undergraduate law courses are all validated by the legal professions as qualifying law degrees enabling students to pursue the professional side of training as either a solicitor or barrister. Our criminology degree courses provide students with an opportunity to critique the criminal law and criminal justice system from a social, economic and cultural viewpoint and to pursue careers within the broader public and community based services. The School also offers a wide range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities, many of which are tailored to individual stakeholder needs.

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. Employability is central to the School’s course delivery through its skills spine and this is reflected in our outstanding record in graduate employability figures.

Our highly qualified staff include internationally renowned research experts, award winning teachers and professionals with extensive industry experience. 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. We constantly adapt and develop our course syllabi to remain in line with current practice ensuring our learning and teaching is informed by our cutting edge research.


Professional Development and Short Courses