Law teaching and learning

Our modern, highly interactive teaching methods draw on Goldsmiths' rich heritage of championing human rights and social justice.

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The study of Law at Goldsmiths is an active, deeply creative process, with study trips to legal London and career developing activities integrated into our teaching and contact hours, including:

  • Visits to the UK Supreme Court, Parliamentary Committees, the Law Society and the Inns of Court
  • Visits to technology firms such as Facebook London and ‘Magic Circle’ law firms
  • Mooting, including as an assessment method in the Criminal Evidence module in Year 3
  • Simulated parliamentary debates
  • Mock trials at the Royal Courts of Justice
  • Immersive jury trial experiences
  • Contract negotiations
  • Law film screenings
  • Client interviewing
  • Claims against the police workshop
  • Participate in workshops on compensation claims against the state
  • Work with immigration lawyers and NGO experts
  • Working with CPS experts
  • Advocacy and public speaking workshops
  • Online debating club
  • Guest lectures by politicians and parliamentary experts
  • Meet the expert sessions

The Public Law class participating in a human rights workshop at the UK Supreme Court

Law in its socio-political context and legal practice

Our programmes strongly appeal 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.

We believe interdisciplinarity is a key enabler in that respect. If you chose to study at Goldsmiths, you will take intellectually stimulating optional modules from the departments of Sociology, Politics and International Relations, Anthropology, Media and Communications, and Psychology in the second and third year of your LLB programme.

In modules offered by these departments, you will begin to understand how the law operates in its socio-political, cultural, and economic context, for example, by examining the legal and ethical regulation of the media, exploring major political thinkers, digging into criminological approaches to global crime, or understanding how psychological science is applied to the investigation of crime.

All modules in the LLB programme adopt a contextual approach, exposing you to the law in action and instilling critical thinking.

You'll be introduced to the ins and outs of criminal trials by leading barristers and prosecutors.

You can also choose to specialise in distinct areas of Law, by studying our pathway LLBs, which combine Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights or Politics and Human Rights.

The former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, is a Visiting Professor and teaches the Public Law and EU Law modules

Assessment

Our assessment methods take as their starting point traditional approaches (written exam, university essay, and final year dissertation), but are creative and diverse too. They include reflective journals, blog posts, case comments, oral presentations and participation in role-playing exercises.

In certain modules, we have removed the requirement of exam or coursework entirely. Instead, we assess students on the sole basis of their active contributions during seminars and submission of ‘reflective journals’. We strongly believe this enhances student engagement and the learning experience and improves students’ academic performance.

Visiting Professor and leading human rights barrister, Adam Wagner, teaching the Equality Act, drawing on his expertise as counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission