Online law courses are a brilliant way to demonstrate a commitment to and deep interest in law, allowing you to stand out amongst your peers when applying for universities, internships and training contracts.
Whether you’re at university and looking to revise course content or planning to study law and interested in getting a head-start, online law courses can appeal to everyone.
This article reviews seven brilliant courses which delve into different aspects of law in greater detail, allowing for better understanding of legal systems and structures.
Some of these courses in particular will be of interest to students studying the Graduate Diploma in Law as they demonstrate the relationships between different disciplines (e.g. economics, anthropology, history) and law.
Note: You can find all of the courses mentioned on Coursera – and they’re all free!
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A brilliant introduction to the legal profession, this course covers the basic concepts of law in a three-week course.
From overlaps between law and other subjects (such as philosophy and economics, to essential terminology and legal structures, this course builds a detailed foundation for which to begin your legal career.
Concise, thorough and easily digestible, this course is perfect for a quick run-through of law.
University of London
As one of the major legal systems in the world, English Common Law is implemented in various countries.
This course covers the historical roots of this legal system, analysing its core principles as well as its relationship with other legal structures such as the European Union law.
Essential for any students looking to study law in UK universities, this course also offers an insight into common law for people living and working in countries that function under other legal structures.
This course is the first module in a series of three which cover how business is conducted in the European Union.
With Brexit continuing to be a frequent topic of discussion during legal interviews, this course helps form a strong understanding of the main concepts of the European Union. Covering the policies enforced by the Union and their effect on trade, this course demonstrates how laws regulate businesses and allows for greater commercial awareness.
It also compares the international law of the European Union to the national laws of the individual member states.
>> Interested in the impact of Brexit on the UK’s legal system? You can read our short blog on this very subject here
Exploring human rights and the concept of open societies, this course delves deeper into the European Convention on Human Rights. It touches on current issues such as the refuge crisis and the treatment of minorities, and discusses how open societies are currently under threat.
Analysing the European Court of Human Rights and how it responds to violations in order to protect the interests of all humans, this course navigates the tricky waters of human rights and the issues faced by humans globally.
Case Western Reserve University
International Criminal Law, which is detrimental to preserving world peace, is explored in greater depth in this course.
Reviewing a variety of international crimes; from piracy and war crimes to terrorism and war crimes, this is a thorough overview of laws and policy which ensure the maintenance of order and ensure security.
This interactive course also includes online simulations and debates to ensure comprehension and allow students to apply their knowledge to numerous different situations.
>> Interested in criminal law? Take a look at our Areas of Law: How to Become a Criminal Lawyer free guide!
University of Geneva
Described as an ‘interdisciplinary’ insight into children’s rights, this course draws on a variety of subjects (from law, history and psychology to anthropology and education) to explain the origins and development of this specialised branch of human rights.
The course also explores how the threats faced by children have changed over time and programs and policies implemented to protect them.
Analysing the codes of conduct, students can also review the various international and regional regulatory bodies which aim to protect the interests of children and their human rights.
This is first of three modules which explore how international law is implemented via the various courts and tribunals in The Hague.
This course explains historical background and introduces the different judicial and arbitral bodies that exist in The Hague.
Through interviews with judges and lawyers as well as real-life significant cases, students review the ways in which these institutions address current issues and the difficulties they face in doing so.
Overall, the course provides a very thorough exploration of how international law seeks to maintain global peace and order.
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Published: 05/04/18 Author: Siobhan Ali
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