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We provide the opportunity to study law, criminology and policing in a dynamic, relevant and professionally-informed manner, and in an engaging and supportive environment. Our teaching and student learning is informed by our cutting-edge, internationally recognised legal and criminological research.

Members of the School are at the forefront of teaching, research and publication in law, criminology, human rights and social justice. Students also have access to a comprehensive collection of legal and criminology study materials in both online and printed form, to enable you to pursue well-planned and well-delivered modules.

We are confident that whatever your chosen pathway or programme, you’ll find studying in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing a challenging, stimulating and rewarding experience.


The £6 million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology.

The department is located on the first floor of the three-storey building that includes a lecture theatre with capacity for 257 people (251 seats and six wheelchair spaces), seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) where Policing and Law students can train and practice their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court.

A dedicated Police Training and Simulation Facility (Crime House), part of which is to be furbished as a police station, will be used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable Policing and Law students to work together in areas such as gathering and analysing evidence, including forensic evidence at crime scenes, as well as practicing interview techniques used by the police through role play, while also ensuring that the rights of suspects are upheld.

The Department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides opportunities for Law undergraduates to offer legal advice, free of charge, to other students in the University and members of the local community. The students providing legal advice are supervised by professionally qualified members of the lecturing staff and there is input from experienced legal practitioners based in the region. The key aims of the Pro Bono Law Clinic are to enable students to gain experience of giving practical legal advice and also to provide a no cost advisory legal service to the student community.

The Department organises mooting workshops which enhance our students’ mooting and advocacy skills. A moot is an oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing team and before a panel of judges. It is perhaps the closest experience that you will have whilst at university to appearing in court.

You will be given the opportunity to join the Departmental Mooting Society and enter the internal mooting competitions. The final of the competition is judged by members of the legal profession, with all the finalists representing Edge Hill University in the external mooting competitions.

Careers and employability

Careers support and guidance to our students

The Department of Law and Criminology attaches particular importance to raising the awareness of all students in relation to the career opportunities open to them upon graduation and making sure that they are in a position to pursue those opportunities.

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Things you need to know


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Paula Keaveney’s political week

Senior lecturer in politics Paula Keaveney trains a critical eye on the Uk and global political landscape.

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Edge Hill researcher assists police in improving the use of a national system to tackle crime

Police forces in the UK benefit from a national data management system that offers an innovative approach to information sharing, new research has found.

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Edge Hill political economist advises MPs on post-Brexit trade agreements

A political economist from Edge Hill University’s Business School gave expert advice to MPs on potential trade agreements the UK could sign up to in the wake of Brexit.

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Lancashire Police Attestation Ceremoney

First recruits start on the newest route into policing

Lancashire Constabulary continues to strengthen its ranks with 21 new officers who are making history for the force as the first cohort to join from the BSc Professional Policing Degree entry route.

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Top 10 reasons to study law at Edge Hill University

Current law students give their top 10 reasons to study law at Edge Hill University

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The law clinic

Final year Law students are able to select six optional modules from up to twenty specialist choices, and one of the most popular options amongst students is the Law Clinic Experience Module. Edge Hill’s Law Clinic has been designed for final year Law students to provide free of charge legal advice to all staff and students at the University, as well as members of the public.

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How to become a police officer

who has an interest in justice and problem-solving. There are different routes into the police with options including a Pre-join Policing degree as well as apprenticeships where you will learn on the job.

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Law: international women’s day 2022

As part of the University’s international women’s day celebrations, first-year law student Megan Gough invited three successful women at various stages of their careers in law to deliver a Q&A panel event in our department of law and criminology.

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Department of Law and Criminology
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
L39 4QP
United Kingdom

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