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Introduction to Studying Law

Learn how to read critically and develop an academic argument in the field of law and prepare for studying it at university.

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Introduction to Studying Law

8,988 enrolled on this course

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  • Introductory level

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Develop the skills you need to prepare for studying law at university

This three-week foundation law course will provide you with a taster of the legal concepts, academic English and research project modules found on the International Foundation Programme in law. Ultimately it will prepare you with the skills you need to begin a degree in the field of law.

You’ll learn how to read critically, make notes and develop an academic argument based on a contemporary current affairs issue. You’ll also explore how the law impacts on your everyday life and consider the difference between legal, moral and social duties.

Get an introduction to law and prepare yourself for studying law

Firstly, you’ll understand how the law impacts on elements of your everyday life, and will gain a critical awareness of the relationship between legality and morality.

You’ll then learn how to critically read a text and make meaningful notes, and will learn how to develop an argument within an academic context, preparing you for studying at university or law school.

Choose a research methodology using sampling and questionnaire techniques

The third and final week of the course will introduce you to various research design approaches.

You’ll learn how to select an appropriate research methodology for a specific research problem using a range of sampling, quantitative and questionnaire techniques - a valuable and useful skill for your undergraduate law studies.

The University of Law is one of the UK’s longest-established specialist providers of legal education. With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, they continuously focus on developing the best legal minds.

What topics will you cover?

  • Critical reading
  • Note-taking
  • The impact of the law on everyday life
  • Law and morality
  • Quantitative research strategies
  • Sampling techniques

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Understand how the law impacts on elements of everyday life
  • Gain a critical awareness of the interplay between law and morality
  • Learn to critically read a text and make meaningful notes
  • Develop an argument in an academic context
  • Select an appropriate research methodology using a range of sampling and questionnaire techniques

Who is the course for?

This course is designed specifically to enable international students to improve their academic English, to learn about law and to develop all the necessary skills needed for successful undergraduate study.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Tutor for International and Pathway Programmes at the University of Law. Over thirteen years of teaching and academic management experience, gained in the UK, South Korea and Hungary.

Amanda teaches law on the International Foundation Programme. Specialising in dispute resolution for over a decade, Amanda sits as an arbitrator and speaks and publishes on ADR and diversity issues.

Babar is lecturer for International Foundation. He specialises in teaching students from a range of disciplines and ability of proficiency in teaching diverse subjects with over ten years’ experience.

I have worked in international education for over twenty-five years and enjoy working with students from all over the world. I hope you enjoy our short Law and Business courses here on FutureLearn.

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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