Law careers support

While studying at Goldsmiths you'll have opportunities to gain real experience and we will help you continue on your career path.

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Placements

Students are offered continuous access to placement opportunities.

The Pro Bono Community placement allowed me to translate my legal education into practical experience, providing me with the opportunity give back to my community in meaningful ways.” Student, Alex Choi

This includes placements with a focus on social justice and human rights, where you would be empowered to support people in need, eg as volunteers at Law Centres and advice agencies; in the academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21, our students were offered a range of 3-6 month placements by the Pro Bono Community charity.

A wealth of opportunities, ranging from “mini-pupillages” (eg two mini-pupillages supported by 1 Chancery Lane on an annual basis) to placements in commercial sets, complement our strong provision in this area.

Placement module

A placement module in Year 3 gives you outstanding access to professional development, allowing you to use time spent in placement as Qualifying Work Experience if you are pursuing a career as a solicitor (as part of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, the SQE).

In the placement module, you'll work closely with academic and careers staff, building the professional awareness skills (such as how to perfect your CV, prepare for interviews and adopt professional etiquette) that you will need to draw on when in placement and later on when you embark on your career. You will also undertake live trial observations (reflecting on relevant legal issues as part of the assessment) and attend academic lectures.

Career Service

Goldsmiths' Career Service provide our students with comprehensive support. You can meet with a careers consultant to receive advice about legal careers and other career destinations.

They can give you expert advice on finding a training contract and offer access to a rich network of legal professionals.

More on what our Career Service offers.

The Gold Award

The Gold Award, our personal and professional development programme designed to help students identify their current skills and gain new experiences through co-curricular activities.

These include our Law Clinics, which will appear in the transcript received at your graduation.

More about The Gold Award.

Preparing for the SQE

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has introduced a new system for qualifying as a lawyer – the Solicitors Qualifying Examination or SQE – that is coming into effect on 1 September 2021.

Goldsmiths is one of the first Law Schools in the UK to embed SQE preparation elements into the LLB. We are ahead of the curve, integrating elements of SQE exam preparation in our LLB degrees in multiple ways by:

  • Offering students the option to take a bespoke SQE module in their final year of studies
  • Covering elements of functioning legal knowledge, assessed in SQE1, across all our core LLB modules
  • Integrating the teaching of the theory of (substantive) law with analysis of ethics and procedure (on which the new exam focuses)
  • Embedding in our LLB modules SQE webinars and workshops, delivered by solicitors with specialist knowledge in the relevant area
  • Placing a strong emphasis on the development of professional skills that are central to the SQE2 across the curriculum (as part of our dynamic approach where we dedicate part of “contact time” to experiential learning activities, guest lectures by legal professionals, and field trips) as well as in extra-curricular activities
  • Allowing our students to familiarise themselves with SQE specific methods of assessment, particularly multiple-choice questions, which we inject in our teaching as part of seminar practice or in the virtual learning environment as a revision tool
  • Giving our LLB students access to a Placement module and a range of Law Clinics, which means they can use time spent in placement or Clinics as Qualifying Work Experience (the SQE requires two years of Qualifying Work Experience)

With such a comprehensive SQE package included in the LLB (and no extra fee), you’ll know you’re off to the best start possible in your future career.

Preparing you for a career in the Bar

Advocacy, public speaking, excellence in written and oral argumentation are skills we inject into a range of modules, including the central assessment method in the Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy) module.

We integrate professional skills and career orientation sessions delivered by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the historic Inns of Court.

In our legal skills module, we give you access to mini-pupillages and Inns of Court information evenings on careers at the Bar.

You will also learn from our Visiting Professorial faculty, which comprises nationally and internationally leading barristers and Judge.

The Law degree at Goldsmiths puts you in the poll position if you’re aiming for a career at the bar.

Preparing you for other career destinations

At Goldsmiths, you have outstanding opportunities to study modules from various departments, including from Politics and International Relations, Media and Communications, and the Psychology department.

There is enhanced access to interdisciplinary modules when you study for the LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights or the LLB Law with Politics and Human Rights.

You also study modern, interdisciplinary modules, such as AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law, Art Law, Intellectual Property, and Immigration Law.

This means that our Law programmes will strongly appeal to you, even if you do not see yourself working as a solicitor or a barrister in the future.

Throughout your journey at Goldsmiths, we will continuously bring you into contact with third-sector, human rights and NGO experts, journalists, technology experts, civil servants and individuals working in the creative industries. We will support you to plan a career for yourself in these areas.