Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

M100

Entry requirements

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

Length

3 years full-time

Course overview

This is a qualifying law degree - your first step towards becoming a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. You’ll gain all the skills you need to progress to the next stages.

The LLB Law is a qualifying law degree recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

The LLB Law is a qualifying law degree accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Interested in studying law at Goldsmiths? Come along to our information evening with renowned human rights barrister Kirsty Brimelow QC.  

Why study LLB Law at Goldsmiths?

  • Goldsmiths has a rich heritage of social awareness and engagement. You'll be part of an environment that champions human rights and social justice.

  • Not only is it a qualifying law degree, it has been developed in anticipation of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). Training for these is integrated throughout the degree and you'll also have the option to take a specific SQE2 module in your final year.

  • Future lawyers need a diverse range of skills - we'll teach you about public speaking and drafting legal documentation, but we'll also get you mastering digital communications, big data, analytics and social media. 

  • This degree is active. You won't just be sitting and reading, you'll learn problem-solving, debating and advocating through a range of experiential learning, extra-curricular and professional development activities, on campus and beyond.

  • We're ahead of the curve. You'll cover the fundamentals, but you'll also look at subjects like post-Brexit regulation and disruptive technologies.

  • You'll benefit from our excellence in the fields of creative arts, humanities and social sciences. You can choose modules in subjects as varied as art, media, human rights and technology. 

  • You'll have the chance to visit the Supreme Court and Old Bailey and attend Parliamentary committees and debates.

  • Guest speakers will include legal academics, barristers, solicitors, judges, educational experts, stand-up comedians, technology experts and artists.

Contact the department

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

What you'll study

The LLB will give you the opportunity to focus on your interests in the second and third year 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.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you will study the following compulsory modules:

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  English Legal System in a Global Context 15 credits
  21st Century Legal Skills 15 credits
  Criminal Law Theory and Practice 30 credits
  Contract Law 30 credits
  Public Law and the Human Rights Act 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

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

Year 2 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  EU Law in the UK 30 credits
  Tort 30 credits
  Land Law 15 credits
  Trusts 15 credits

You'll also choose option modules to the value of 30 credits. 

This can include one or two modules from the following list:

Year 2 option modules Module title Credits
  Immigration Law 15 credits
  Intellectual Property Law 15 credits

And a maximum of one module from the list of Law and Society modules:

Year 2 Law and Society option modules Module title Credits
  Criminal Justice in Context 15 credits
  Law and Contemporary Society 15 credits
  Globalisation, Crime and Justice 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your third year, you will write a dissertation (30 credits) and also choose 90 credits from a selection of optional modules.

These 90 credits can be made up of modules from the following list:

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements 30 credits
  Company Law 15 credits
  AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law 15 credits
  Art Law 15 credits
  Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
  Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy) 15 credits
  SQE2: Practical Legal Skills in Context 15 credits
  Human Rights Law 15 credits
  or
  Human Rights Law (with Goldsmiths' Human Rights Clinic) 15 credits

 

And a maximum of 30 credits from the list of Law and Society modules:

Year 3 Law and Society module options Module title Credits
  Prisons, Punishment and Society 15 credits
  Contemporary Issues in Criminology 30 credits
  Psychology and Law 15 credits
  Anthropology of Rights 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)

Teaching style

You'll be taught through lectures, seminars and self-directed learning, but you'll also benefit from more modern and diverse teaching styles, such as blended, experiential and clinical learning, learning through the production of reflective journals, videos and reports, and learning through online or even virtual reality environments.

You’ll take your learning outside of university with field trips and professional development initiatives such as annual mooting competitions, mock trials and debating, leading to finals at the UK Supreme Court, the Inns of Courts and others prestigious venues.

Dispute resolution workshops and integrated teaching on advocacy and client interviewing, alongside simulated contract negotiations and the option to participate in a human rights clinic, will all help you to develop a deep understanding of how the law works in practice in addition to your theoretical knowledge. These styles of teaching and learning will enhance your understanding of theory and hone transferable skills, and will give you a competitive edge irrespective of whether you're pursuing a career as a solicitor or barrister or a different career path.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, reports, case notes, statutory interpretation, critiques of articles, and research projects such as the dissertation.

As well as these traditional assessment methods, you'll also have the option in your second and third years to take modules that are wholly assessed in more innovative ways, such as:

  • a portfolio of mooting contributions
  • client interviewing, persuasive argumentation, written advice and legal drafting
  • voluntary and prepared contributions in the classroom
  • taking part in a human rights clinic and other experiential learning activities

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, for the 2018-19 intake. 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.

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

Careers

Solicitor or barrister

The LLB will allow you to qualify as a solicitor or a barrister, 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 Bar Standards Board (BSB), 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 and the equivalent training and qualification process to become a barrister. 

Find out more about becoming a solicitor or barrister.

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 Law
  • Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements
  • Media Law
  • Art Law
  • Creativity and Intellectual Property Law
  • Financial Technology
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology and Human Rights

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.

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

Staff

Dimitrios, Professor of Law

Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos is Goldsmiths' inaugural Professor of Law. 

His focus is on comparative criminal evidence and procedure, with emphasis on how human rights norms in criminal justice are applied in national jurisdictions across different legal cultures, particularly in the Anglo-American and Continental European legal cultures. He publishes on topics including police interrogation and suspects' rights, police searches, electronic surveillance and unlawfully obtained evidence. 

Between 2009 and 2013, he was the Deputy Head of the Law School at Brunel University. He has also worked at Brunel's College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences and is an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. 

 

At Goldsmiths, we believe that an interdisciplinary approach can bring fresh perspectives and insights to contemporary issues. The LLB Law draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines at Goldsmiths, to contextualise your knowledge and provide specialist option modules. Contributing staff from other departments include:

The course also features contributions from some of the UK's  foremost experts on human rights law, with visiting professors including:

  • Martha Spurrier, Executive Director of Liberty, the UK’s leading human rights campaigning organisation
  • Kirsty Brimelow QC, Head of International Human Rights at Doughty Street Chambers and Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee
  • Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, renowned for leading the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic and a leading figure international criminal law
  • HH Judge Donald Cryan, a family law judge and former Treasurer at the Inner Temple

Read more about the people who will be teaching Law at Goldsmiths.