Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

N/A

Length

Four years, with two years spent at each institution

Department

Law

Course overview

The Department of Law at Goldsmiths is collaborating with St John’s University, New York to deliver a newly designed degree for those interested in exploring law in different contexts internationally. Learn across two premier institutions in London and New York.

Why study the joint AS Legal Studies and LLB Law (pathways):

  • You’ll graduate with two degrees – an AS Legal Studies from St John’s University and one of our LLB Law pathways at Goldsmiths (see below for pathway details). This will help you stand out in a crowded job market.
  • With the support of our dedicated Careers Service, leading faculty and an international alumni network, you’ll graduate with expertise and professional connections as you take the first steps into your legal career.
  • You’ll gain academic experience spanning two continents, in two of the world’s leading legal cities.
  • At Goldsmiths, University of London, you’ll find heritage alongside innovation. We’re constantly exploring, questioning and reshaping the world.
  • At Goldsmiths, you’ll study at one of the highest-rated law courses in the country. Our students rated our Law department as number 1 in the UK for its intellectually stimulating curriculum and programme management. We’re also the best Law department in London for our quality of teaching (National Student Survey 2022).
  • You'll learn from world-leading minds who've been involved in some of culture and society's defining moments, and from practitioners who have direct connections with the creative, cultural and business sectors.
  • Our single-site campus is located 10 minutes from London Bridge, and you’ll have all that London has to offer on your doorstep.
  • At St John’s University, you’ll benefit from an inclusive, accepting, and welcoming community that reflects the diversity of Queens, New York.

LLB pathways

Once you have successfully completed the AS Legal Studies at St John’s University, you’ll be eligible to apply for direct entry into the 2nd year of one of the following programmes:

Please note that admissions to this programme are only open to students who have completed the AS Legal Studies at St John’s University. If you’re interested in studying Law at Goldsmiths, then please explore our degrees.

To find out more about our admission process, please view our ‘How to apply’ information below.

International students

We have lots of advice and support available for international students, from student housing to scholarships, you’ll find all the information you need about studying and living in London.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Law.

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What you'll study

The LLB pathways will give you the opportunity to focus on your interests in the second and third years by choosing from a range of law option modules. A unique feature of the degree is that you'll also be able to study across a wide range of specialisms, drawing on globally leading expertise in the departments of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Media and Communications, and Art.

For more information about modules in each of the LLB Law courses, please visit the relevant course page:

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from the AS Legal Studies at St John's University.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Alternative qualifications

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

Fees & funding

To find out more about your fees, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Careers

Become a solicitor

The Joint AS/LLB will allow you to qualify as a solicitor, and throughout your studies you’ll acquire the academic knowledge and professional awareness and skills needed to pursue a dynamic legal career in England and Wales and internationally.

It is a qualifying law degree (QLD), recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), and has also been designed specifically to provide graduates with a solid foundation to tackle the new Solicitors' Qualifying Examinations (SQE) for all future solicitors.

Please note the Joint AS/LLB does not allow students to qualify as a barrister and is not recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Cutting-edge specialisms

Reflecting Goldsmiths’ creative and progressive ethos, the degree also offers opportunities for you to engage with pioneering and future-looking topics that will open up exciting career paths in Law and other areas. You’ll be able to develop specialist knowledge in cutting-edge areas of law, such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Criminal Justice and Technology
  • Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements
  • Media Law
  • Art Law
  • Creativity and Intellectual Property Law
  • Financial Technology
  • Criminology and Human Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Human rights and NGO Advocacy and Practice

You can choose to either explore a variety of modules, or to focus on options that relate to one of the specialist themes that run throughout law at Goldsmiths.

Learn more about careers in law and how to become a solicitor.

Careers further afield

LLB Law graduates can also pursue career opportunities in a wide range of other areas, such as:

  • human rights and the third sector
  • financial technology and regulation in the financial sector, including compliance
  • the civil service
  • journalism, the media and creative industries
  • patent and trademark litigation
  • art and cultural heritage litigation
  • the government, for example in relation to immigration or foreign affairs
  • mediation
  • the crown prosecution service
  • the police or the prison service
  • legal recruitment
  • the ‘in-house’ legal practice sector
  • academia

Please note that students who participate in this dual degree programme generally will not be eligible to sit for a U.S. bar exam without completing a U.S. LLM degree. Students who want to sit for a U.S. bar exam should consult the rules regarding foreign legal education of their state’s board of bar examiners. Completion of this program does not guarantee U.S. LLM admission.

Visit our Immigration Advisory Service advice pages for guidance on graduate visas.

How to apply

The joint degree AS Legal Studies and LLB Law (with pathways) is a four-year programme, with two years spent at each institution. Each university has a separate admission process, and admissions decisions are made by each individual institution. Applications to the LLB degrees at Goldsmiths are open to all AS Legal Studies students at St. John’s University, regardless of country of origin. Please note admission to this dual degree programme is only open to St. John’s University AS Legal Studies graduates.

Please visit St John’s University's website for information and guidance on how to apply for the AS Legal Studies.

Qualified candidates for the LLB programmes should apply directly to Goldsmiths using the following application forms:

You can submit an application as soon as the first Wednesday in September each year, and the deadline for equal consideration applications is the last Wednesday in January each year. If there are places left on the course you can still apply up to the end of June. Students enrolled in the AS Legal Studies at St. John’s University will typically apply to the LLB during the first semester of their second year.

Many international students will require a visa to study in the UK. For information about student and graduate visas, please visit our dedicated Immigration Advisory Service.