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Online learning is increasingly vital for preparing future lawyers for the reality of working in a law firm or business, as well as an effective way to gain qualifications. In partnership with The University of Law, LawCareers.Net explains what the current online learning environment has to offer.

Classroom and online learning used to offer very different experiences but advances in technology mean they are more and more integrated. The best online courses bring not just the learning materials, but the whole university to the student, from personal tutor to counselling service.

The move online in higher education has made gaining the qualifications needed for a career in law more accessible than ever. It has also provided students with the right environment to develop key skills needed for today’s tech-driven legal workplaces. “Learning has caught up with the way that organisations now operate,” says Richard Haggett, National Programme Director for Online Law Programmes at The University of Law. “That is a key part of what we do as an institution that prepares people for careers in law and business. Our online tools ensure that how you learn also develops the practical skills needed in the modern working environment.”

Read on for answers to key questions about studying online and more information about the online pathways into the legal profession.

What does learning online offer future lawyers?

Quality online learning gives students the flexibility to study wherever they need to, saving on travel and accommodation costs while accessing all the benefits of the university. “Courses are structured so there are deadlines to hit, but students have the flexibility to plan their online learning around other commitments to meet those deadlines,” explains Richard. “And although you are studying online, you have the full support facilities of the university available to you, such as personal tuition, library access, employability advice and counselling services. Studying online is not studying alone anymore – the whole university comes to you and is easy to access on the online platform.”

Is there quality teaching and interaction?

Top academic results are important in the competitive process of securing a training contract or pupillage, so regular tutor support and feedback are essential to help you gain the best possible marks. Students also need to be able to work together and learn from each other.

The University of Law’s online learning platform provides multiple ways for students and tutors to interact, while also enabling group work and student-to-student support. “With the explosion of social media and a high level of awareness among students of the power of social tools, the perception that online learning is ‘distance learning’ is eroding,” Richard observes. “A lot of work has gone into building the community aspect of studying, with students having a key role in driving the adoption of new ways of working together.”