Course overview


Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, Goldsmiths has unfortunately had to suspend all face-to-face teaching, including on Short Courses. Many of our courses are already available via live distance learning, and we are working towards offering most courses online going forward. For more information about taking short courses remotely, please get in touch using the email in the Enquiries section below.


Learn about law and the legal system in practice from an expert with multi-jurisdictional legal training, and over 10 years in improving equality in access to justice.

This course examines the law and the legal system in practice, with a focus on using or joining the legal system and existing barriers to achieving justice.  The course covers organisational, structural, psychological, sociological and other factors that are relevant justice.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the law and the legal system, including complexities of laws; training of lawyers; training of judges; and court structures (lower courts, mid-level courts, and appeal courts.

You will also be about the main barriers to justice people experience. These will include the interpretation of laws; discretion; legal reasoning of judges and lawyers; psychological factors (biases, individual differences and information processing); appeal difficulties; high costs; and access to the legal profession, and impact this has on client representation and justice. The final part of this course will explore how to overcome these barriers.

Goldsmiths Psychology department is in the World Top 100 in the QS ranking for academic reputation. Papers by our academics are highly cited: our department ranks 55th in the world for the number of citations per published paper.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to increase their understanding of the legal system and barriers to justice.

Related courses

If you are interested in this short course, you might also be interested in the following:

English Law and the Justice System

International Business Law

Psychology and Law




Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 


  • 10% when a participant enrolls for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 20% UK students
  • 25%Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA) 
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

Refund policy: See AIR courses main page


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Tutor information

Fatos Selita

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English barrister and a New York State Attorney with training in Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences. Fatos has more than nine years of experience in delivering public speaking training internationally and is a trainer in Mind Influences on Decision making. He is also the director of the 'Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' course.


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