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Law courses

Whether you’re seeking entry into the legal profession or looking to progress your career, our law courses have much to offer you. You can study for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, a Qualifying Law Degree or combine your interest in law with criminology or a modern language. 

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Law

Degrees 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


Law

Diplomas 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


Law

Certificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years

Why study Law with The Open University?

As the leader in flexible learning, The Open University Law School offers world renowned and innovative legal education. With more than 60,000 students since 1998, our undergraduate law degree has become the most popular in the UK. 

The benefits of studying law with us:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ required for a Qualifying Law Degree. 
  • Gain a qualification recognised by The Bar Standards Board in England and Wales and the Council of Legal Education (Northern Ireland). 
  • Obtain practical experience through an online law clinic – winner of the 'Best Legal Tech Contribution' at the 2019 LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards.
  • Have the opportunity to be part of our award-winning Open Justice Centre and provide advice and guidance to people and groups who may struggle to access appropriate legal support through other means.

Careers in Law

Many law students aspire to enter professional training or postgraduate study to become a solicitor, barrister, paralegal or chartered legal executive.

However, law qualifications are highly valued by a much wider range of employers, providing a solid basis to help you start, change, or progress your career. The skills and qualities you will build, such as commercial awareness, communication, initiative and collaboration, are highly transferable and can lead to a much wider world of opportunity within the legal profession and in many other sectors.

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Law modules

All Law courses

Browse all the Law courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

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