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3 Introductory Law Courses for Free

If you want to brush up on your law skills or go more in depth with your current studies, check out these three unique law courses from Coursera.

Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

This course is six weeks long, and it is taught by Donald Hornstein, Aubrey L. brooks Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The field of environmental law is what may well be keeping the planet’s resources from being completely depleted. However, environmental law also has to be considered in the light of economic profitability and human dignity and freedom. The course takes a close look at not only these topics but also at current legal structures around water law, toxic substances, pollution, endangered species, environmental risk, and environmental impact.

A Law Student’s Toolkit

Even if you’re deep into your law student career, you can benefit from this course that covers the foundational skills for being a successful law student. If you’re an aspiring or new law student, you can especially benefit because you will get information to help lay a strong foundation for your career. You’ll learn terminology, ideas, and strategies used in the legal world. What you learn will help you follow arguments and to successfully make your own. It covers topics such as dichotomies and oppositions to help you classify legal rules, how to ask policy questions, how law interacts with disciplines like economics and philosophy, and how to construct arguments. The course is three weeks in length, and it is taught by Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School.

Introduction to International Criminal Law

In this eight-week course, you’ll learn about international criminal law from Michael Scharf, Interim Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University. You’ll cover genocide, terrorism, piracy, and war crimes, among other topics. You’ll learn about special “modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses” and “delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom,” according to the course description on Coursera’s website.


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