Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

M1L1

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB
BTEC: DDD
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years, full-time

Department

Law
Institute of Management Studies

Course overview

The LLB Law with Economics is a highly distinctive and interdisciplinary programme. It allows you to study two areas of great significance in contemporary society by combining the study of Law with compulsory and optional modules in Economics.

This is a qualifying Law degree, allowing you to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister. It also equips you with key knowledge in Economics, making you a strong candidate for commercial and corporate law firms, financial institutions, government organisations, think tanks, NGOs and others.

Why study LLB Law with Economics

  • You’ll develop a solid understanding of common law, international law, legal institutions, legal methodologies, legal research and argumentation, as well as a good foundation of economic thinking.
  • You’ll be able to apply economic principles relevant to global developments and contemporary legal issues.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of this degree will help you stand out in a crowded job market. You’ll have the ability to encompass political, economic and legal perspectives, and bring practical application of expert knowledge and skillsets.
  • The degree is highly active. You’ll learn problem-solving, debating and advocacy, and visit leading commercial and corporate law firms, including ‘Magic Circle’ law firms and financial institutions.
  • You’ll obtain a sound understanding of key economic concepts, and alternative paradigms, by studying innovative modules ranging from Foundation of Economics to Crises and Market Failure (see below for further module information)
  • You’ll develop specialist knowledge in cutting-edge areas at the intersection of Law, technology and economics. You’ll be able to take modules in ‘AI, Disruptive technologies and the Law’; ‘Art Law’; ‘Intellectual Property Law’; ‘Company Law' and ‘Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements’.
  • You’ll put theory into action by taking a Law module focusing on crucial practical skills preparing students for the newly introduced Solicitors Qualifying Examination, and a dissertation project which will be on a subject spanning Law and Economics.
  • You’ll represent clients and defend cases (in fictional trials) as a solicitor or barrister specialised in commercial law, corporate law and Economics.
  • Your degree will be based in the Department of Law, but you’ll also have access to a range of exciting activities in our vibrant Institute of Management Studies.

Study 21st century Law, and Law in context

As well as compulsory modules that provide you with knowledge of Law and Economics, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist modules delivered by the Department of Law and the Institute of Management Studies (module details below) such as Corporate Law or ‘Money, Banking and the Financial System’.

Our curriculum has been built for the modern landscape of Law and Economics, including subjects from ‘21st Century Legal Skills’ and ‘AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law’ to ‘Finance and the Global Political Economy’ and ‘The Ethics of Economics and Environmental Protection’. You can find our full module list below.

Law and Policy Clinics

In Goldsmiths’ Law and Policy Clinics, students confront challenging societal issues through supervised legal research and public engagement activity.

Areas of research and public engagement activity covered by the Clinics include immigration, the law of financial wrongdoing, police interrogation, and counter-terrorism law.

We also offer our students unique access to the University of London’s Refugee Law Clinic as well as social welfare placements in law centres and legal advice clinics across London.

For more information, please visit the Law and Policy Clinics page.

Harvard Law School course

We’re the first Law department in the UK to offer free access to Harvard Law School’s pioneering Zero-L course.

Taught by 18 leading Harvard Law faculty members, it has hours of video lectures, vocabulary, and periodic comprehension checks that you can take at your own pace. The course provides you with an introduction to the legal profession, stages of litigation and citizenship rights as well as offering instruction and practise in basic skills, including how to read a case.

Materials developed by Goldsmiths Law academics to support the delivery of Zero-L direct you to key areas of interest in the programme and give you support to understand how Zero-L strengthens your understanding of English law and helps you to develop legal skills.

Student life and student support 

You'll belong to a close-knit community, and are supported by a network which includes academic personal tutors, career advisers, disability officers and other student support staff. We work in small groups in lectures and research seminars, and immerse in legal London as a group on a regular basis. The legal, institutional and cultural experiences you will gain in the LLB will stay with you forever.

Find out more about student life and studying in London, explore 'a day in the life' in the Law department, and visit the Department of Law Instagram page for a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to study Law at Goldsmiths.

Study abroad, and our Athens Summer School

In recent years, our students have attended summer schools at the University of Geneva and Amsterdam Law school. Funding is reviewed on a yearly basis.

We organise an annual summer school in Athens, in collaboration with leading Universities there. The 10-day intensive programme provides a range of courses (in e.g. refugee law and migration studies, EU law, criminal law, law and technology), connects our students with high-profile institutions and authorities there, such as the British Ambassador and British Council in Greece, as well as giving them unprecedented access to cultural visits and experiences.

To find out more about funding and other global opportunities at Goldsmiths, visit our Study Abroad pages.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos.

What you'll study

Year 1

In your first year, you'll take the following compulsory modules.

Module title Credits
Foundations of Economics 30 credits
21st Century Legal Skills 15 credits
Contract Law 30 credits
Criminal Law: Theory and Practice 30 credits
Public Law and the Human Rights Act 30 credits

Year 2

In your second year, you'll take the following compulsory modules

Module title Credits
European Union Law in the UK
Land Law 15 credits
Law of Tort 30 credits
Trusts 15 credits
International Law and Politics 15 credits

You'll also choose 30 credits of optional modules from the Institute of Management Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations. Lists of optional modules are published annually by each department, and may include:

Module title Credits
History of Economic Ideas 15 credits
Economic History 15 credits
Economic Reasoning 15 credits
Development Economics 15 credits
Political Economy 30 credits

Year 3

In your third year, you'll take the following compulsory modules.

Module title Credits
Law with Economics Dissertation 30 credits
Company Law 15 credits

You'll then take 45 credits of optional modules from the Institute of Management Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations from a list produced annually by the departments. These may include the following.

Module title Credits
Public Economics 15 credits
Manias, Bubbles, Crises and Market Failure 15 credits
Individual and Institutional Economic Behaviour 15 credits
Money, Banking and the Financial System 15 credits
Development Economics 15 credits
Topics in Economic Policy 15 credits
International Economics 15 credits
New Radical Political Economy 30 credits
Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
Liberal Government and Power 15 credits

Finally, you'll take 30 credits of the following Department of Law optional modules.

Module title Credits
AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law 15 credits
Work Placement 15 credits
Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements 30 credits
Art Law 15 credits
SQE2: Practical Legal Skills in Context 15 credits

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.

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: ABB
BTEC: DDD
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: 60 credits overall with 33 distinctions and distinctions/merits in related subjects

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 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 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.

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. Please check the programme specification for more information.

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.

Careers

Partnerships with leading organisations

Cutting-edge collaborations with global law firms, government organisations, local councils, NGOs, think tanks and academics in world-leading Universities support the delivery of all our programmes, exposing you to unique opportunities to grow a strong awareness of future career destinations and develop dynamic professional networks throughout your degree.

These include Linklaters LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, the UK Supreme Court, the National Justice Museum at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Kalisher Trust, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and Migrants’ Rights Network, Fair Trials, Big Brother Watch and Liberty, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Commission, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Stanford Law SchoolBerkeley Law and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), New Europeans, the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association, Forensic Architecture, Lewisham Borough, the Council of Europe, the British Academy, Garden Court Chambers, Doughty Street Chambers and many others.

Welfare benefits course and Legal Advice Centre placements

We give you access to a welfare benefits course provided by the Pro Bono Community organisation. This prepares you for 3-6 months placements in Legal Advice Centres in London. There are 15 placements in Legal Advice Centres available to our students on an annual basis.

The welfare benefits course has 30 spaces annually, and equips you with foundational knowledge in contemporary areas of legal practice such as benefits for people unable to work due to sickness or disability, universal credit, benefits for migrants, help with housing costs, appeals and advocacy.

The course also has a core introductory element covering the background to Law Centres, legal aid, triage, interview techniques and practical skills.