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University of Central Lancashire

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Law degree
Law conversion
Bar course
Postgraduate courses
Senior status law degree

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Lancashire Law School at UCLan is a leading provider of legal education - we are placed within the world's Top 200 Elite Universities for the subject Law in the 2012 QS World University Rankings. Based in a historic building in the heart of the City of Preston, our highly qualified and experienced staff and impressive facilities provide an excellent opportunity to enhance your legal education, based on cutting-edge research and knowledge. We have over 1,000 students studying on a variety of programmes at all levels, including undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and CPD courses, offered in full-time, part-time, block delivery and elearning modes. UCLan is a modern, dynamic University with well-established roots going back over 150 years and, with over 30,000 students, over 500 undergraduate courses and 200 taught postgraduate courses, UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK.

Dedicated facilities include resources rooms, a moot court room and oral skills practice rooms, and students can take part in a pro bono student law clinic.

Our highly qualified staff includes internationally renowned research experts, award winning teachers and legal professionals with extensive experience of legal practice. Many staff are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers, with experience of working in private practice, with business or in public sector organisations. Students will benefit from up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills development in legal practice, and a stimulating learning environment, based on the latest research and thinking. The Law School conducts ground-breaking research in a wide range of areas. For example, Professor Richard Taylor, a qualified barrister and winner of the Society of Legal Scholars prize for best conference paper, heads up our criminal law academic team and is author of a leading criminal law text used in high court decision-making.

Postgraduate legal programmes

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE) - full time, part time evening attendance and distance learning

The GDL is a conversion course which allows non-law graduates to pursue a legal career in England and Wales. The aim of the course is to offer the student an opportunity for intellectual development and to provide an academically rigorous education in law that will not only give a basic grounding in the major areas of law, but will also make the student aware of the wider implications of the subject. The programme is taught by dedicated and well qualified staff with an emphasis on small group teaching. The GDL may also be topped-up to Senior Status LLB, which is a graduate entry advanced two-year degree.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) - full and part time

A particular strength of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Lancashire Law School is our team of well qualified and dedicated staff who are able to provide a high level of support to students. All staff teaching on the LPC hold qualifications as solicitors or barristers. Engagement with student-centred learning, team-working and preparation for learning sessions are the keys to success in this programme. The LPC comprises an introductory section, three core practice areas and a choice of electives. The course enjoys a high staff/student ratio, with an emphasis on small group teaching.

Professional Skills Course (PSC) - part-time block teaching

The final phase of compulsory training to become a solicitor and completed during a training contract before qualification.  The course is taught by experienced, professionally qualified legal educators and boasts a dedicated support team.

Senior Status LLB - full time, part time and distance learning

The Senior Status LLB is a graduate entry advanced two year degree accredited by the professional bodies of the Bar Council and Solicitors Regulation Authority. It is available to students who already hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline. The degree will be attractive to International and EU students who wish to attain a graduate level LLB degree and also to any non-law graduates who wish to study the LLB at a more advanced and in-depth level than that offered by the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). It may also be taken as a top-up to the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Masters programmes - full time, part-time and blended/distance learning

A flexible programme providing a range of modules ensuring the LLM is tailored to individual interests.

LLM Law with a pathway in:

  • International Business Law
  • Advanced Legal Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Forensic and Legal Medicine
  • Energy Law*
  • Human Security Law*

*Course Approval May 2013

Intensive CPD short courses

A variety of courses are available, from one hour online webinars that include live chat and discussion to half-day on-site workshop sessions. Each short course provides an appropriate number of hours of CPD points for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).


UCLan is based in Preston in North West England, a rich and culturally diverse place to study, as well as being one of the UK’s most reasonably-priced places to live. It is a buzzing, vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars, all within walking distance of the campus. Good transport links mean the city is ideally placed for national and international travel:  it is just over two hours from London by rail, one hour from Manchester and Liverpool, and their respective international airports, 20 minutes from the coast and one hour from the beautiful scenery of the Lake District.


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Preston, PR1 2HE
Phone: 01772 892400
Email: [email protected]
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