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

Department

Law

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

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.

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 the Department of Law.

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.

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 will study the following 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 will 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 also choose option modules to the value of 30 credits. 

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

Module title Credits
Immigration Law 15 credits
Intellectual Property Law 15 credits

Or one of the modules above and one of the below options:

Module title Credits
Criminal Justice in Context 15 credits
Crimes Against Humanity 15 credits
Religion, Crime, and Law 15 credits

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

Module title Credits
Modern Political Theory 30 credits

You may also be able to participate in a work placement between years 2 and 3:

Module title Credits
Work Placement 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.

Module title Credits
Dissertation 30 Credits

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

Module title 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 a maximum of 30 credits from the following list of modules:

Module title Credits
Confronting the 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

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 2020/21. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about .

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.

What our students say

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.

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. The department has been supportive throughout, be it 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 abilities.

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. My favourite place in the local area is Jade's, the local Caribbean food takeaway.

Olivia Burns

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Goldsmiths, it has been a transformative two years for me since starting here in every respect.

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Goldsmiths, it has been a transformative two years for me since starting here in every respect. I've become entirely more outgoing, and my confidence in tricky skills like public speaking has hugely improved. I have engaged with so many aspects of student life since starting at Goldsmiths, and have gained many new skills and friends as I did so.

The lectures are very interesting for the most part (nobody escapes a law degree without a few dry modules), and the lecturers truly are second-to-none with their teaching styles and their commitment to student welfare. The department is ever-growing and you'd be hard-pressed to find yourself short of options when it comes to seeking advice or help with your course, or beyond that really.

I would advise you to make the most of the opportunities here. The department throws them at you in handfuls, and you should certainly take them up on their offers to complete mini-pupillages, work pro-bono for London law clinics, and be given mock trial experiences in the Royal Courts of Justice. These really are just a few examples of the abundance of chances you will have at Goldsmiths to gain real world experience in your field, and apply textbook knowledge to practical situations.

South East London is a really vibrant scene, with lots of cool places to grab lunch or a post-lecture drink with friends. New Cross is particularly well situated, with easy tube rides into the city in hardly any time at all, and the open green spaces of Greenwich and Blackheath are just the other way.

In New Cross itself, some of my favourite places to spend time are; New Cross House and The Rose, for pizza and quiz nights; The Marquis of Granby, for the cheapest pints for a mile; and New Cross Inn, because it stays open until 4am so is perfect for keeping the night going after time in central.

Personally, I love Greenwich. I spent lots of my two years here so far exploring all of the parks and pubs in Greenwich - and if you stop by, The Pelton Arms is not to be missed. Neither is Goddard's pie shop, for that matter. Also in Greenwich, you'll quite often find your whole course getting coffees in The Grind before strolling around the shops in town.

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

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 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: £17560

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 if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. 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

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

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.