One Friar Gate Square

This distinctive building in Derby city centre is home to the School of Law and Social Sciences, incorporating Derby Law School and the International Centre of Excellence in Policing and Criminal Justice. Our law, criminology, policing, social and political science students are based here.

One Friar Gate Square is the home of the Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences. With a dedicated teaching team that have vast amounts of experience in their taught subject area and modern learning facilities, this site is the perfect environment to excel in your studies. 

The distinctive building has its own cafe, learning spaces and specialist training facilities which include

Global perspectives

Experiencing how other countries approach legal, justice and social issues is an important part of your studies. International study trips are included in your course fees.


Our strong links with prisons, police forces, law firms and non-governmental organisations mean you'll have opportunities for high-quality work experience that will give you the edge when you graduate.

You'll also have work experience built into your studies - previous students have worked on live client briefs for local companies and organisations. 


The Unibus is a free bus service available to all students with a valid student ID card that runs all year round. It connects all University sites within Derby city and has stops which cover halls of residence, Derby city centre, Derby bus station and train station. 

One Friar Gate Square is a 10 minute walk to the city centre and only a 25 minute walk to the main Kedleston Road site. All halls of residence are within easy walking distance.

Virtual Open Day: One Friar Gate Square tour

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