List of Free Online Legal Courses and Classes
Free online legal courses are offered by real schools. Learn which law courses are available, what topics they cover and which ones lead to real college credit.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Courses offered through MIT's OpenCourseWare system do not offer academic credit. Classes are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and students can learn through a combination of lecture notes, study materials, papers and additional readings. Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier is an undergraduate course that discusses the effects of the Internet and technology on law policies. Students have access to lectures, assignments, a sample midterm and other student term papers.
Law and Society is an undergraduate course that examines how law is applied to popular culture and society. Students can learn about the civil justice system, the legal profession and jurisprudential paradigms. Lecture notes, paper topics and study materials are available. The undergraduate class Philosophy of Law looks at the theories of legal interpretation, the nature of law and other philosophical issues. Readings are focused on the obligation to obey the law, punishment, responsibility and ethics. Students are provided with extensive reading notes and paper topics.
The Open University
The Open University doesn't offer academic credit, but the institution does offer various free courses on legal subjects. The classes feature activities within the lessons. Company Law in Context is an intermediate course that touches on the legal issues associated with establishing a business. Topics include company assets, partnerships and liabilities. The course can teach students about business mediums, business failure and capital.
Judges and Law is an introductory course where students can learn the machinations of common law in the UK. Topics include the common law system, court hierarchy, the role of the judiciary and statutory interpretation. The course also features a list of additional readings. Privacy Rights and the Law takes a look at UK law to examine the right to privacy. Topics include when confidence can be protected, human rights and how to read legal materials.
University of California at Berkeley
- Aims and Limits of the Criminal Law
- Environmental Policy Prospectives
- International Environmental Law
- Law and Economics I
Courses at UC Berkeley are offered in either an audio or video format and do not offer academic credit. Aims and Limits of the Criminal Law is a series of 21 free audio lectures that must be downloaded onto iTunes. Environmental Policy Perspectives is a video lecture that lasts approximately one hour and teaches students about environmental law in relation to economics and ecology.
International Environmental Law provides 13 video lectures on topics such as dispute settlement, transboundary watercourses, climate change and state responsibility. Law and Economics I is comprised of 25 audio iTunes lectures that examine microeconomic theory analysis and focus on the repercussions of liability rules and property rights.
University of California at Irvine
Theory and Method in Legal History is a non-credit video lecture that lasts roughly three and a half hours and explores law as a form of art, economy, peace, science and war. The lecture features different speakers touching on a number of topics, such as interdependence of law, conceptions of law and the laws of war.
University of Michigan
Open.Michigan is a non-accrediting body at the University of Michigan that doesn't provide users with degrees or certificates. Intellectual Property and Information Law is a graduate course that explores how ideas are created and shared in the modern age. Other topics include copyright law, patent fundamentals, cybercrime and the First Amendment. Users can access lectures, readings, handouts and exercises.