The law firm, based in Southport, has handed over 600 books to the university, many of them textbooks that students can use to learn about significant legal cases and refer back to in their academic projects.
The books will be housed in the law library facility in Edge Hill University’s new purpose installed court room, which will be used by students to hold mock trials.
Currently there are over 270 LLB law students and over 250 criminology and criminal justice students in the Department of Law and Criminology at the university in Ormskirk, Lancashire that will benefit from the donated books. Although future cohorts will also be able to use them, meaning that the donation will ultimately help to educate thousands of potential lawyers.
The books were donated by Fletchers Solicitors as part of its drive to establish a paperless office, which will help to reduce the law firm’s impact on the environment.
Gary Carrington, director at Fletchers Solicitors, said: ?We’re gradually moving all of our resources online as we try to become a fully paperless office. As we don’t really use books to the same extent anymore we thought it would be better to donate them to a good cause rather than just throwing them away.
“We hope that our books will be useful to the students at Edge Hill University and assist them in their law studies.”
Professor Franco Rizzuto, head of the Law & Criminology department at Edge Hill University, said: “We’re extremely grateful that Fletchers Solicitors thought of us when the time came to donate this impressive collection of books to academia.”
“Our students spend a large proportion of their time researching their specialist areas in detail and this involves extensive background reading. The books donated will enhance the collection that we have to offer in our library and I’m certain this will be of great help to our students.”