Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights

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Course summary

The Criminal Justice and Human Rights pathway leads to an LLB Law (Hons) with Criminal Justice and Human Rights. This programme gives you the opportunity to obtain specialist knowledge and deepen your understanding of criminal justice and human rights, and their challenging interactions. This programme enables you to contextualise the study of Law and broaden your horizons, opening up career opportunities in criminal justice professions, and human rights jobs in the third sector. Why study LLB Law with Criminal Justice and Human Rights 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 this a qualifying law degree, it has also 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.
  • 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.
  • You will gain systematic knowledge and understanding of criminal justice and human rights theory and practice, and be equipped with the ability to critically engage with core debates in these areas.
  • The programme will provide you with the conceptual and methodological tools required to analyse and explore the ideas, actors, and practices central to criminal justice and human rights law.
  • This pathway of the LLB law at Goldsmiths allows you to specialise in a range of areas related to Criminal Justice and Human Rights, including:
Domestic human rights law, and European human rights law as applied in the United Kingdom How human rights norms are implemented in criminal law and the criminal justice system What are the causes of crime, and what can be done to prevent it Contemporary developments in criminology and criminal justice Sociological approaches to crime, and how crime is linked to social inequalities, such as gender, class, ethnicity etc. Global issues of crime and crime control, populism, and international human rights responses The use of Artificial Intelligence in policing State surveillance and Big Data collection Cyber crime and the regulation of internet communication Freedom of the press
  • You will also hone the essential critical thinking and practical skills needed in representing clients and defending cases as a solicitor or barrister specialised in criminal law and human rights.
  • The LLB Law is a qualifying law degree accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
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.

Course details


This LLB gives you the opportunity to focus on your interests in the second and third year by choosing from a range of law option modules. You will study 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: English Legal System in a Global Context 21st Century Legal Skills Criminal Law: Theory and Practice Contract Law Public Law and the Human Rights Act Year 2 (credit level 5) In your second year, you'll study the following compulsory modules. EU Law and the UK Law of Tort Land Law Trusts International Law and Politics You'll also choose either two modules from the following list: Criminal Justice in Context Religion, Crime, and Law Crimes Against Humanity OR one of the following and one from the list above: Immigration Law Intellectual Property Law You may also be able to participate in a work placement between years 2 and 3: Year 3 (credit level 6) In your third year, you will write a dissertation (30 credits), take two compulsory modules (30 credits), and choose from a number of option modules. Compulsory modules: Criminal Justice & Human Rights Dissertation Criminal Evidence (with Advanced Mooting and Advocacy) Human Rights Law and Clinic You will select one or two modules from the following options: Confronting the climate crisis Media Law and Ethics Anthropology of Rights Crimes of the Powerful Psychology and Law You will also select two or three modules from the following list: AI, Disruptive Technologies and the Law Work Placement Commercial Law and International Trade Agreements Art Law Company Law 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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Qualification requirements

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

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