Law with Politics and Human Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Law is ‘part of a larger system of public decision-making. The rest is politics: the politics of ministers and legislators, of political parties, of media and pressure groups, and of the wider electorate’ (Jonathan Sumption, Trials of the State: Law and the Decline of Politics, 2019). In this innovative LLB, you learn the Law as part of domestic and international politics. Why study LLB Law with Politics & Human Rights

  • This Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) will allow you to obtain your LLB while also immersing yourself in the study of Politics.
  • You'll focus on modern threats to democracy and human rights, and the interactions between Law and Politics required to effectively counter these threats at the local, national, and global levels.
  • LLB Law students have voted the Department of Law to be one of the best in the country. We’ve particularly excelled in areas including ‘intellectually stimulating curriculum’ and ‘programme management. Read our full NSS results for 2022. The LLB law lays the foundation for all of our undergraduate teaching across the Department'
  • This programme is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB). It has been specifically designed to give you a solid foundation to tackle the new Solicitors’ Qualifying Examinations (SQE), and the equivalent training and qualification process for becoming a barrister.
  • Goldsmiths is based in New Cross, which means you'll have access to everything that legal and political London has to offer. Examples of trips include the House of Commons, the House of Lords, Parliamentary Select Committees, the UK Supreme Court, the Law Society, and the Inns of Court.
Pioneering teaching
  • Our outstanding team of visiting professors includes eminent legal practitioners, such as the former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve KC, Sir Geoffrey Nice KC, a distinguished barrister who has led on war crime prosecutions, and HH Judge Alison Levitt KC, who was Principal Legal Adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions and is now a Circuit Judge sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
  • You'll also be given access to the Department of Politics’ lively events programme, which will allow you to encounter (and challenge) the latest political arguments, theories, and ideas.
  • You'll learn from renowned international scholars, attend high-impact research events, and have the opportunity to connect with world-leading Law Schools (our annual lectures in 2019 and 2020 were delivered by Stanford Law and Berkeley Law academics respectively). You'll be taught by Judges, barristers, solicitors, Parliamentary legal counsels, MPs, MEPs, and human rights experts.
Study across disciplines
  • You'll gain an interdisciplinary understanding of how the UK political system shapes Law.
  • You'll explore the fascinating and complex interactions between law and politics. You'll also gain an insight into how Law determines the parameters of the political system, defines the distribution of power between branches of government, and allows us to hold our elected representatives accountable, particularly through constitutional and human rights law.
  • You'll choose modules from the Department of Law and the Department of Politics and International Relations to give you a holistic understanding of legal and political systems by exposing you to fundamental political concepts on the one hand, and the legislative structures they operate within on the other.
  • Instead of studying Law in isolation, you'll study it in its cultural, economic, and socio-political contexts.
  • You'll complement your knowledge of core Law subjects with key concepts in political theory and ideologies, UK and comparative governance, and world politics.
Law and Policy Clinics In Goldsmiths’ Law and Policy Clinics, students confront challenging societal issues through supervised legal research and public engagement activity.


Year 1 - In your first year, you will take the following compulsory modules: Public Law and the Human Rights Act Criminal Law: Theory and Practice Contract Law 21st Century Legal Skills English Legal System in a Global Context Year 2 - In your second year, you will take the following compulsory modules: Modern Political Theory EU Law and the UK Law of Tort Land Law Trusts International Law and Politics Year 3 - In your third year, you will study the following compulsory modules: Dissertation Human Rights Law and Clinic You will take three Politics and International Relations modules from a list provided annually by the Department. These may include: Fascisms, Old and New Finance and the Global Political Economy Migration, Technology, and Humanitarianism The Politics of Popular Music Britain and Europe Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought Feminist Politics Liberal Government and Power You will also take two Law modules from a list provided annually by the Department. These may include: AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law Work Placement Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements Art Law Company Law Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy) SQE2: Practical Legal Skills in Context *Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Bar Standards Board

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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IELTS (Academic)6.5With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0

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Law with Politics and Human Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS