Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

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


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.

Why study LLB Law at Goldsmiths

  • We’re one of the highest-rated 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)

  • We have a rich heritage of social awareness and engagement. You'll be part of an environment that champions human rights, social justice and the international rule of law.

  • You’ll not only get a qualifying law degree, but the course has also been developed in anticipation of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). Training for these is integrated throughout the degree, with the option to take an SQE module in your final year.

  • As a Goldsmiths student, you will also benefit from discounted access to SQE Prep with leading external provider BARBRI.

  • Future lawyers need a diverse range of skills. As well as grounding you in the fundamentals, you’ll also learn about subjects from big data to social media.

  • This degree is active, so you won't just be sitting and reading. You'll learn problem-solving, debating and advocating through a range of activities.

  • We're ahead of the curve, offering subjects like AI and disruptive technologies.

  • You'll benefit from our excellence in the fields of creative arts, humanities and social sciences, with optional modules in subjects like art, media, human rights and technology.

  • You'll visit the Supreme Court, Old Bailey, and leading commercial law sets. You’ll also attend Parliamentary committees and debates as well as relevant theatre productions, exhibitions and film screenings to enrich your studies.

  • You’ll work closely with eminent legal thinkers, internationally leading barristers and politicians. Our Visiting Professors are some of the greatest legal minds of our generation.

  • You’ll benefit from a variety of guest speakers who are experts in their fields. From practising legal professionals to solicitors from ‘Magic Circle’ law firms, and members of the Crown Prosecution Service to representatives from NGOs and the technologies sector.

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.

Intercollegiate modules

In your second and third years, you'll have the opportunity to study Intercollegiate modules. You can choose one relevant module each year from participating Law Schools within the University of London to further enrich your academic experience.

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, international court visit and our Athens Summer School 

We take our students on an annual international court visit. Read our blog to learn more about our visit to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on February 2023, where students attended a Grand Chamber hearing and participated in a workshop with the UK Judge at the Court, Tim Eicke KC.

We organise an annual summer school in Athens, in collaboration with leading Universities there. The week-long 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.

In recent years, our students have also attended summer schools at the University of Geneva and Amsterdam Law school.

Students are supported through substantial Department of Law scholarships to participate in our summer school and international court visit.  Funding is reviewed on a yearly basis. 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 the Department of Law.

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What you'll study

The LLB 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.

Please note: Many of the option module lists below are indicative, and updated annually by the department.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

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

Module title 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
English Legal System in a Global Context 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

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

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

You'll then select 30 credits of optional modules.

You can then choose from the following selection of optional module list from the Department of Law, or you can select modules from relevant departments (known as Connected Curriculum) across the University. In your second year, you can also take advantage of our Intercollegiate module programme, and choose to study one module from a participating University of London Law School.

Department of Law optional modules

You can select up to 30 credits of optional modules from the list below. For the Goldsmiths' Social Change module, you have the option to focus on Immigration Policy Clinic and/or Counterterrorism and Human Rights Clinic.

Module title Credits
Immigration Law 15 credits
Intellectual Property Law 15 credits
Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module 15 credits

Connected Curriculum modules

You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules from departments such as Sociology to broaden your studies. Exact lists of these modules will be available at the beginning of each academic year.

You can select up to 30 credits from the Connected Curriculum modules, or Goldsmiths' Electives. Please see the programme specification below for further details of these modules.

Or, alternatively you can take the below module for all 30 credits:

Module title Credits
Modern Political Theory 30 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your third year, you'll take 90-120 credits from the following modules:

Module title Credits
Dissertation 30 Credits
AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law 15 credits
Human Rights Law and Clinic 15 credits
Work Placement 15 credits
Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements 30 credits
Art Law 15 credits
Company Law 15 credits
SQE2: Practical Legal Skills in Context 15 credits
Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy) 15 credits


And, depending on the number of credits you select from the Department of Law modules, you can take up to 30 credits from the below interdisciplinary modules:

Module title Credits
Confronting climate crisis 15 credits
Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
Anthropology of Rights 15 credits
Crimes of the Powerful 15 credits
Psychology and Law 15 credits

You can also choose to take advantage of our Intercollegiate module programme, and choose to study one module from a participating University of London Law School.

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 debates, leading to finals at the UK Supreme Court, the Inns of Courts and other 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.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 14% scheduled learning, 79% independent learning, 6% placement learning

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

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2022/23. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

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.

Between 2020 and 2022 we needed to make some changes to how programmes were delivered due to Covid-19 restrictions. For more information about past programme changes please visit our programme changes information page.

What our students say

Angelene Perdis

The opportunities that the Law Department has provided me with have been evolutionary for my future career as a solicitor.

Diverse and inclusive

Goldsmiths is known for its diverse and inclusive community that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and exploration. I believe that the environment at Goldsmiths is very accepting and allows for personal and professional growth.

A supportive environment

Additionally, Goldsmiths offers a range of support services and resources, including academic advice, mental health counselling, and career development, to help students thrive in their academic and personal pursuits. I am currently in my third year and over the years have truly felt the support from my lecturers and cohort. I believe that Goldsmiths is a place for opportunities and growth.

Opportunities for career success

The environment that the Law Department has created has been extremely inviting, especially after Covid-19. I am thankful that I am undertaking my LLB Law degree at Goldsmiths. The opportunities that the Law Department has provided me with have been evolutionary for my future career as a solicitor. These opportunities include attending a case at the European Court of Human Rights, the Harvard Zero-L course, and many more. More specifically, the learning has been extremely tailored to each student to truly allow for immersion in the course.

Advice for future students

1. Stay organised and manage your time effectively. University life is full of distractions and it is essential to stay organised and maintain a schedule that helps you focus on your studies.

2. Attend lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Attending lectures and seminars can significantly improve your understanding of the subject matter, and tutorials can help you get individualised attention and support.

3. Engage in extracurricular activities. Participating in activities like clubs, societies, sports, and volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills, and enhance your overall university experience.

The benefits of studying in New Cross

One of the advantages of studying in this area is the diversity of culture and lifestyle. I have experienced various cuisines, music, and art from different backgrounds. The location allows for easy access to other parts of London, making it a great base to explore the rest of the city.

Brendan Bagshaw

The amount of activities, including a study visit to Athens are among my fondest memories.

Studying in Athens and law firm employment

I absolutely loved my time at Goldsmiths and miss it dearly. Goldsmiths Law Department is full of incredible lectures that go above and beyond to help you achieve your aspirations while studying. The amount of activities, including a study visit to Athens are among my fondest memories. The impact my time at Goldsmiths has had on me is immense. I took a job interview recommended to me by my lecturers and have since been in employment at a law firm for the last 6 months, since graduating. I am massively grateful for everything Goldsmiths Law has done for me.

Criminal defence, and solicitor experience after Goldsmiths

Since graduating in July 2022, I have began full time employment at Hollingsworth Edward Solicitors. The firm specialises in criminal defence, which is where my passion lies. The firm has funded my police station accreditation which I am currently completing; I am to be a fully accredited police station representative by early 2023.

My role is currently as a paralegal/trainee solicitor. I run my own cases, currently nearly 60 of them, this involves plenty of interaction with clients. I often attend police station interviews, court appearances and legal visits to various prisons across London. I love my job. My aspiration is to be a fully qualified solicitor by 2024.

The best 3 years of my life studying at Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is a fantastic choice of university. Speaking on behalf of the law department, the level of engagement each lecturer has with you is truly unique. Many of my colleagues had cohorts so large their lecturers would not even know there names, Goldsmiths Law could not be further from this.

You often hear people say university is the best three years of your life so far. I never believed it but it is so true. I had an amazing time and it’s set me up with a career for life. What more could you ask?

Fantastic venues and nightlife

The nightlife is absolutely fantastic. As a man that likes a pint or two on a Friday night, the area is rammed with fantastic venues.

Fabian Higgins

My favourite part of my degree has been the exposure to barristers, the clinics and the work placements that have been made available to us.

Fabian's experience of studying Law at Goldsmiths

My favourite part of the degree has been the exposure to barristers, the clinics and the work placements that have been made available throughout. The department has been supportive, often going above and beyond, or simply by providing references or putting me in touch with barristers to help with my many moots.

Goldsmiths has impacted me by exposing me to lots of legal experience, speaking with barristers and judges, working in the law clinic and competing in various intercollegiate moots. I have developed my self-discipline, confidence and academic abilities really honing me into the person I have become for which I have the faculty and their personable approach to thank.

Career journey after graduating

I am currently working as an Associate Lecturer of Law, doing an LLM, undertaking the Bar Practice Course and assisting a barrister with legal research. I intend to apply for Pupillage in January to become a barrister.

Top tips for university life

I would advise 3 things:

  • Do the reading! Prepare before the lectures in order to get the most out of them and allow your mind to reflect more deeply on the issues and get those top marks.
  • Find your network, it's crucial to make some friends to support you in the tough times.
  • Relax, take time to enjoy the experience, it will be over before you know it. Besides, whatever you choose to do next, it only gets harder post-graduation!

Life on campus

I'm a born and raised South East Londoner so my favourite thing is probably that it's so close to my friends and family. In terms of campus, the library is great, second only to some of the study places in the Professor Stuart Hall building. With that said the Law Department has been slowly taking over Deptford Town Hall, which is a very ornate and historical building, definitely worth a wander. My favourite place in the local area is Jade's, the local Caribbean takeaway

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Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: ABB
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

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2023/2024 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £18440

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

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

Successful graduates of this programme will be eligible for a 20% fee waiver to any of our Postgraduate Law programmes. This can be combined with our general alumni fee waiver, meaning a 30% reduction in fees (based on Home student fees). Find out more about the LLM Fee Waiver.

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.


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

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 LLPDebevoise & Plimpton LLP and BoiesSchiller & 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’ AssociationForensic ArchitectureLewisham 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.


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.