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Exploring Law: Studying Law at University is an innovative, open-access online course designed primarily for 16 to 18-year-olds who are considering studying law at university in the UK. It is intended to help any student, whatever their background, and whatever their particular university aspirations, decide whether law is the right subject for them.

What can the Exploring Law course offer me?

The Exploring Law course has been designed by the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law to give you a real taste of what studying law at university involves.

The major ambition is to enable you to decide whether a law degree is right for you, as well as to help you develop understanding and skills that will assist you when applying to university and then starting out as a law student.

During the course, you will be introduced you to fundamentals of law – its nature, sources and major categories – and explore in depth some fascinating questions of criminal law, public law and private law. You will also gain valuable insights into, and have a chance to practise, key skills that every law student needs. The final module of the course provides useful advice on how to make an effective university application.

The course is intended to be a rich and engaging experience. In each module, academic experts from the Faculty of Law will guide you as you work through activities that allow you to learn about, and interact with, the law in different ways. In addition, you will hear first-hand from current university law students about their experiences and from inspirational figures from the world of law, and you will have the opportunity to interact with other learners, sharing your experiences, thoughts and ideas.

How can I access the course?

The Exploring Law course is free to access and complete. It is hosted by the FutureLearn online course platform and can be accessed via the FutureLearn Exploring Law course page. To take the course, you only need to follow a very simple registration process.

The course is being offered for the first time from 18 October 2021. You can register for the course immediately and at any time before 29 November 2021.

The course will be offered on a regular basis in future, as indicated on the FutureLearn Exploring Law course page.

All learners are required to comply with FutureLearn’s Code of Conduct. Please also bear in mind FutureLearn’s guidance for staying safe online.

How much time will I need to take the course?

The course has six weekly modules. To gain most benefit from the course, you should expect to spend around 4 hours per module/per week. Since the course is self-guided, you can proceed through the course at your own pace – although bear in mind that the course is only available to you, once you have registered for it, for a limited (eight-week) period.


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