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How to Become a Lawyer

Discover how to begin a career in the legal sector and the skills you need to be a top lawyer.

8,396 enrolled on this course

How to Become a Lawyer

Explore if a career in law is the right fit for you

Legal careers can be both financially and emotionally rewarding, allowing you to build a long-lasting career around helping people in need. However, the legal sector has also been accused of a lack of diversity and representation.

On this course, you’ll learn about the nature of the legal sector itself, and the different routes into law. You’ll identify the skills needed to succeed as a lawyer, and how you can upskill yourself accordingly.

You’ll come away understanding the structures available to support your journey to becoming a lawyer – regardless of your educational background.

What topics will you cover?

  • The different routes to studying and working in law
  • The skills needed to work in law
  • The different practice areas in law
  • Diversity and support in the legal sector

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the different routes into law
  • Evaluate which route would suit you best
  • Explain which skills are valued in law
  • Explore how you can develop your own skillset
  • Assess the diversity within the legal sector
  • Summarise the key support structures for professionals within law
  • Evaluate whether a career in law is the right fit for you

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone considering a career in law or who would like to find out more about studying law and working in the legal sector. No prior expertise in law or the law sector is required.

Who will you learn with?

I am Head of Access and Participation at the University of Law. My role involves supporting students from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds to access, succeed in and progress from HE.

Who developed the course?

The University of Law

The University of Law is one of the UK’s longest established specialist providers of legal education, believing that students should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context.

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Find out more about upgrades or Unlimited.

Available until 22 November 2021 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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