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Studying law is a shrewd career move, whether or not you want to work in legal practice – and if you study with The Open University, you’ll be joining the most popular undergraduate law programme in the UK.

An obvious option if you’re interested in law is to train as a solicitor or barrister, for which the first step is a qualifying law degree. However, there are plenty of other possibilities too. The transferable skills that you develop through law studies are highly prized by employers, and can be applied in almost any area of work. They include critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, communication, team work and research. Today’s organisations operate in a highly competitive, global environment and they’re looking for capable people with adaptable skills to help them succeed. An understanding of the law will open up some great opportunities in all sectors, and we can help you to position yourself to take full advantage.

Our wide-ranging curriculum offers starting points for people at every level – whether you come to us without any formal qualifications or if you already have some university study under your belt. Our courses range from undergraduate to postgraduate, and you can also choose to combine law with other subjects.

If you’re thinking about dipping your toe in the water but would like a taste of study before you decide, we offer free informal learning – from blogs, features, quizzes and podcasts to short self-contained courses.

Our flexible approach to teaching and learning is designed to fit in with busy professional and personal lives. Whatever your motivations for studying – to become a solicitor or barrister, develop new skills, inform your current job or change direction completely – we can help you transform your career and take control of your future.

Why study law with The Open University?

This video asks why people choose to study law with The Open University and looks at our ‘Introduction to law’ module. For more information on this module, visit the OU website.

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