About the Department of Law

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For generations, Goldsmiths academics have actively sought to make real, positive changes to society.

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Head of Law, Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, opening Goldsmiths Law's annual criminal justice symposium at the British Academy

Law at Goldsmiths brings together world leading research, teaching innovation and influential public policy work in areas such as criminal justice, media law, human rights, artificial intelligence, intellectual property, environmental law, European law and international law.

The LLB Law and LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights programmes draw on this wealth of knowledge and specialist expertise to educate future lawyers.

Our students will learn to understand law within its institutional, socio-political and cultural context, and critically engage with core debates and interrogate existing structures.


Our modern teaching methods will give students access to the legal world far beyond the classroom, developing the knowledge and professional skills they’ll need to achieve their goals.

The study of Law at Goldsmiths is an active, highly creative, process with experiential learning activities such as mooting, debating, mock trials, contract negotiations, law film screenings and client interviewing.

Being based in London means we have visits to the Royal Courts of Justice, Parliament, City Law Firms and the Inns of Court.

It strongly appeals to students who go the extra mile and want to get the most out of University, giving themselves the flexibility to pursue traditional career paths or more modern avenues for legal practice.

Working with others

Students here work closely with influential academic thinkers, eminent legal professionals and leading organisations and institutions.

Our impactful research and appetite to shape public policy has allowed us to work with experts from a wide range of third sector organisations, professional associations, domestic and international institutions, pioneering think tanks and widely-recognised research centres including:

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Visiting Professor in Law, Kirsty Brimelow QC, speaking at Goldsmiths about her legal work contributing to the peace process in Colombia
  • UK Supreme Court
  • Parliamentary Select Committees
  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Demos
  • British Academy
  • Liberty
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • European Parliament
  • Council of Europe
  • Big Brother Watch
  • Doughty Street Chambers
  • Garden Court Chambers
  • Oxford's Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and many others.

In tune with our rich heritage of creating leaders, believers, challengers and entrepreneurs, and a passion for human rights and social justice, Goldsmiths Law is an intellectual space for radical and creative thinking, launching our students into 21st century legal practice.