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Introduction to Studying Law

University of Law via FutureLearn


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.

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.


  • English Language and Study Skills
    • Welcome to the International Foundation Programme in Law
    • Introduction
    • Critical Thinking and Critical Reading
    • The Expansion of Heathrow Airport
    • Critical Reading and the RADAR Framework
    • The Arguments For and Against Heathrow Expansion
    • Completion of Week 1 and Introduction to Week 2
  • Introduction to Legal Concepts and Skills
    • Introduction
    • What is Law?
    • A Day in the Life of the Law
    • Law in the Real World
    • Legal, Moral and Social Duties
    • The Right to Die
    • Completion of Week 2 and Introduction to Week 3
  • Research Skills
    • Week 3: Introduction to Research skills
    • Sampling
    • Sampling Methods
    • Questionnaire
    • Questionnaire Design
    • Completion of Week 3

Taught by

Helen Connies-Laing


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