It provides the essential training – delivered by professionally qualified academics - that you need to go on and become a successful solicitor or barrister - and it’s truly fascinating. You’ll learn about ground-breaking research topics like war crimes trials and women in prison from leading academics – and because of their experience in the field, you’ll also get a good practical grounding in how the law operates and how legal practices work. Weekly seminar support and regular catch-ups with your dedicated personal tutor will ease you into a university-level study - we’ll give you all the support you need to become a highly employable, knowledgeable legal professional.
We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in year one of your law programme to support your transition to Higher Education.
The course comprises a wide range of modules which provide students with an understanding of various areas of the law as well as, at UCLan, a skills spine which is embedded throughout your three years. This spine ensures that you obtain key transferable and employability skills which are then consolidated in the core and optional modules. You will also have a vibrant international flavour to lectures due to a discussion from a variety of student personalities – you may well be in class with students from a number of other countries.
The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing your own programme of study.
I found studying Law at UCLan intense and challenging at times, but also stimulating and enjoyable. Many of the academic staff are excellent teachers, brimming with enthusiasm for their subjects, and this motivates students to stay determined and focused. More importantly, my time with Lancashire Law School has taken me on a journey of personal discovery, growth and development. I have acquired so many useful skills from the course, in particular, oral communication skills. Seminar discussions, oral presentations, interviewing and negotiation, mooting and debating are used heavily across all modules on the law course and, although a bit scary at first, theses learning methods really helped to build my confidence.
Mandhlase enrolled with the University as a mature student in September 2008 and at the end of the first year, she won the Lancashire Law School prize for best academic performance. From there, she went on to achieve excellent marks on the degree, culminating in her well-deserved award of a first class degree.
Staff facilitates this process by providing appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists, and online student support, you will be encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions. You will be supported both academically and pastorally through this process by academic staff responsible for the modules studied and also by a personal tutor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at UCLan.
Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research-informed teaching is maximised. You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.
Our Professors usually teach on the course so students get to hear first-hand about ground-breaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison and criminal law. You will also benefit from the professional experience of staff and from the School’s commitment to research-informed teaching. Lancashire Law School is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.
I initially studied Law through the foundation path, because I had never been confident in my writing ability. The course offered me an insight into the legal world whilst boosting my confidence both personally and academically. I would never have had the confidence to run for Law School President without it!
Stephanie Lomas, current final year LLB student
You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and have arranged events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, a Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.
Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to County Councils and Solicitors firms.
You will be supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. During this course, you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.
We also have a network of alumni working in large North West organisations that offer placements to our graduates.
The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.
Our aim is to provide you with superlative student experience and this is what our students say which makes us stand out from the crowd:
The range of optional modules available
The friendliness and accessibility of tutors - you know your tutors and your tutors know you!
Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.
General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE: with 106 - 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects.
IELTS: grade 6 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent
Law Pathways Key
Professional-LegalProfessional-Academic BusinessCrime and Criminal JusticeInternational
Options (Choose FOUR)
Consumer and Commercial Law
Criminal Justice Practice & Procedure
EU Single Market Law
International Criminal Law
Public International Law
Options (Choose FOUR)
Equity and Trusts in Life and Death
Professionalism & Work Based Learning
Medicine and the Law
Company and Corporate Law
Law for Entrepreneurs
Sex and Violence
Transnational Commercial Law
Private International Law
Learning Environment and Assessment
The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. We make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms contain state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience.
As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and playback facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot courtroom which looks just like a real court and provides students with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot courtroom is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space for students to study both individually and as part of a group. The Law School’s extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available to students not just when they are on-campus but whenever they are sitting in front of a PC.
There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.
Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam to seen examinations; end of the module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars.
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate law students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:
Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes of one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular law firm or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.
In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Law, see the video and read the press release.
The courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.
The feedback you obtain from your tutors, which ensures you reach your potential.
The IT support in place for each module via Blackboard.
The embedded skills spine which helps you to build your employability skills, your legal and transferable skills and so to become more confident.