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A Law Student's Toolkit

Whether you are an advanced law student looking to review the basics, or an aspiring law student looking for head start, this course will help you build the foundation you will need to succeed in law school and beyond. This course will introduce you to terminology, concepts, and tools lawyers and legal academics use to make their arguments. It will help you follow these arguments—and make arguments of your own. This course consists of a series of short lectures and assignments. A reading list complements each lesson, providing you with a roadmap to help you explore the subject matter more deeply on your own. Although the lessons may cross-reference each other, they are modular in nature: you should feel free to approach them in whatever order fits your schedule, interests, and needs.
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Rating 4.6 based on 140 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 weeks of study, 5-7 hours/week
Starts Aug 12 (last week)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Ian Ayres
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences
Tags Social Sciences Law

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law school in 10 reviews

I'm not sure if this is part 2 of a course or if this is meant for people who have already attended law school.

I took this course as an adult learner interested in better understanding law, as opposed to a student preparing for law school or reviewing for exams.

A good course to learn all the basic of law school would be dis course.

I gave me useful tips on how the law works and how to get ready for law school.

best one one teaches this in Law School.

Usless course and I cannot seem to get unenrolled The course covers basic topics and tools to help excel in Law School.

Definitely useful for people who is going to law school or want start at law school.

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prof. ayres in 4 reviews

Law is a challenging and complex field, and prof. Ayres comes at it with good analogies and helpful advice A Law Student's Toolkit is my first course taken on Coursera.

Enjoyed Prof. Ayres' lectures and the readings.

Even as a Non-American, I can greatly profit from the methodical approach by Prof. Ayres.

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for law students in 3 reviews

Good This a wonderful course for law students, specially if the student have initiated your studies in another judicial system, like civil law.

Handsome professor It's a very useful course for law students , indroduced many fundemental tools and ways to study .

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ian ayres in 3 reviews

Ian Ayres.

Cheers to Prof. Ian Ayres for the great work.

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suggested reading in 3 reviews

That was a little frustrating as the suggested reading time was listed as 10 minutes.I'm attending law school in the fall and was hoping to get a primer.

One thing I would note - the required and suggested reading typically took longer than suggested, and I'm a reasonably fast reader.

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first week in 3 reviews

My background in law was quite limited and even though I struggled to understand everything the first week, I now comprehend the principles of common law and have the right tools to approach legal decisions.

I have finished the first week, and it really helped a lot already.

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Rating 4.6 based on 140 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 weeks of study, 5-7 hours/week
Starts Aug 12 (last week)
Cost $49
From Yale University via Coursera
Instructor Ian Ayres
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences
Tags Social Sciences Law

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