Online Law Degree and Courses from top universities around the world

online law degree from universities

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You must have heard us going on and on about online education in this blog. It makes knowledge more accessible, learning easier, and allows even busy professionals to continue college education in areas of their choice. It is much cheaper than traditional education, sometimes even free. It is often hailed as the future of education, though it is yet to be widely adopted.

If you would like to learn more after your traditional college education, or update your skill set and knowledge base – you must give online education a shot.

At iPleaders, we are strong advocates of online education – and we are so passionate about it that we have literally bet our careers and money on it. We teach law to managers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and even lawyers and law students – online. This course that we launched jointly with NUJS currently has 300 students from 6 different countries – learning practical aspects of Indian business law.

However, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you about other leading online courses on law, being offered across the world. Who are the top universities in the world offering law courses and law degree online? Anuttama Saha has put together all these information related to the online courses offered by the top universities around the world.

Let’s take a look.

Harvard University

Harvard University is one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the world. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States which welcomes students from all over the world. Harvard was an early adopter of online teaching and has conducted many experiments over the years.

  • Online classes are available in fall and spring semesters.
  • Most of the distance education classes are taught by Harvard faculty, affiliates and college lecturers.
  • You can participate in a virtual classroom via web-conference every week at schedule time.
  • You can interact with classmates and faculty via online media, where they can discuss about the study topic among the batch mates and can also clarify doubts with the teachers and faculty.

Details of the available online legal courses of this university:

Name of the Course and details: Term: Faculty Faculty Background Class Timings Course fee:
1. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties In this course, they ask two key questions:1.How does the Constitution of the United States seek to protect us from each other?

2. How does the Constitution protect citizens of the USA from their government?Spring TermAkiba J. Covitz  PhD, Lecturer on Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Law School. Thursdays.
Beginning January 31,
5:30-7:30 pm
 Non credit $1,045, undergraduate credit $1,045, graduate credit $2,000.2. Internet and Society: Technologies and Politics of Control-
This course examines current legal, political, social, and technical struggles for control of the global Internet.
Spring TermJeffrey HarmesJD, Director, Digital Media Law Project, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. Tuesdays
Beginning January 29,
5:30-7:30 pm
 undergraduate credit $1,045, graduate credit $2,000.Andrew Sellar JD, Staff Attorney, Digital Media Law Project and Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University.3. Constitutional Law
Main aspects:
1. underlying nature of the American constitutional system.
2. ever-changing relationship between the federal government and the states.
3.options are there besides the Supreme Court playing this dominant role in interpreting the document
Fall TermAkiba J. CovitzPhD, Lecturer on Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Law School.Thursdays. Beginning September 6,5:30-7:30 pm.Non credit $1,045, undergraduate credit $1,045,graduate credit $2,000.


MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is free and open to the world in general. OCW provides course material to enable students to learn at their preferred time.

  • They feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication where they can freely discuss among themselves.
  • They provide a completion certificate from EdX.
  • They always try to improve the course materials and make it easily available to other institutes.

Details of the Courses:

Course Name: As taught in: Level: Instructor: Timings:
1. Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager: Spring 2003 Undergraduate Prof. John Akula Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
2. Inventions and patents: Fall 2005 Undergraduate Dr. Robert Rines Lectures: 1 session / week,

3 hours / session3. Patents, Copyrights, and the Law of Intellectual Property:Spring 2003Undergraduate Lectures: 1 session / week,

1.5 hours / session4. Innovative Businesses and Breakthrough Technologies – The Legal Issues-  Fall 2004GraduateProf. John AkulaLectures: 1 session / week,

1.5 hours / session5. The Law of Mergers and Acquisitions:Spring 2003GraduateProf. John AkulaLectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


It provides online courses to people across the world jointly with top universities and try to provide education for free.

  • They are currently trying to increase the level of student engagement and learning. Coursera provides lots of interactive sessions.
  • Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students at the same time

Details about the Courses:

Name of the Course: Session: Workload: Instructor: Instructor’s Background: Course details:
1. Property and Liability: An Introduction to Law and Economics:   March 18th, 2013
( 6 weeks long )
2-4 hours per week. Richard Adelstein Graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, earned a master’s degree in teaching at Harvard (1970), and a J.D. and a Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Pennsylvania and its Law School. He has taught economics and social studies at Wesleyan since 1975, and twice received the University’s annual Binswanger Award for Excellence in Teaching, This course focuses on economic logic of common law subjects of property, contract, tort and crime.
The course assumes no prior background in economics or law, and begins with an introduction to the basic concepts of property, exchange, efficiency and externality to make an ordinary student to understand easily.
2. English Common Law: An Introduction: June 1st, 2013

( 6 weeks long )5-10 hours per week.Dame Hazel GennDean of Laws, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and co-director of the UCL Judicial Institute in the Faculty of Laws at University College LondonThis course is designed as an introduction to English Common Law and will give students:
1.a broad understanding of the characteristics and functions of the English Legal System
2.Provide students with knowledge about the sources of English law,
3.the system of courts and tribunals in England and Wales and the legal profession and judiciary.

Students in this course will be learn the principles of legal research and identification of sources of law. 

3. The Law of the European Union: An Introduction:Date to be announced.

( 5 weeks long )
5-8 hours per week.Stefaan Van den Bogaert Professor of European Law, Head of the Department of European law and Director of the Europa Institute at Leiden Law School. This course will give the students an insight into the law of the EU, a vast and fascinating area of law which forms an integral part of the legal systems of its 27 Member States.

Oxford University

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the second-oldest surviving university in the world. Courses provided by them are well designed and useful. They are offering a very promising online master degree in International Human Rights Law.

  • The Oxford online courses are structured as ten one-week units with directed readings and guided, text-based discussions,
  • students should be online few times in a week.
  • All discussions take place via online forums.
  • The degree is offered over two academic years.
    It involves two periods of distance learning via the internet as well as two summer sessions held at New College, Oxford

Course Details:

Name of the Course: Masters in International Human Rights Law:
Start date Sep 2013
Subject area(s) Human Rights
Application deadline Fri 08 March 2013
Time required 15-20 hours per week.
Details: This course is designed mainly for lawyers and other human rights professionals who wish to continue advanced studies in international human rights law but at the same time wish to continue their regular work and other family responsibility.

About Ramanuj Mukherjee

Ramanuj Mukherjee is former corporate lawyer and an alumnus of National University of Juridical Sciences. He co-founded iPleaders, a startup that is making legal knowledge and education easily accessible to everyone. You can follow him here: or connect with him here:

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