Judiciary announces launch of first online course with King’s College London and FutureLearn


The Lord Chief Justice speaks to King’s College London students at Somerset House.

The Judiciary of England & Wales is proud to announce the launch of its first online course.

‘The Modern Judiciary: Who they are, what they do and why it matters’ is designed to explain the workings and purpose of the modern Judiciary to young people across the country.

The course – or MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) – has been developed by the Judiciary (judges) in partnership with King’s College London and will be hosted on the FutureLearn platform.

The course will be open and accessible to the general public free of charge.

Launch of MOOC at Somerset House, King’s College London.

Intended to launch in January 2020, the course will last for four/five weeks with a commitment of just two/three  hours a week necessary. Over this time, participants will cover the work of the Judiciary, examine judges’ portrayal in the media and learn how to understand judgments.

The format will include a range of interactive content, including quizzes, mini-lectures, articles, case studies and interviews with judges from England & Wales. No previous legal knowledge is required to enrol.

Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice, said: “I am very excited to be launching this course with King’s. It is vitally important that the public understands what a modern judge’s role is so that they can have confidence in the decisions they make.

“The work of the judiciary is often surrounded by myth based on an outdated view of judges and I hope that this course will be both interesting and informative.”

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb and Lady Justice Simler speak to King’s College London students at Somerset House.

James Lee, Reader in English Law and Vice-Dean (Education) for The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Judiciary on this exciting project, building upon King’s long tradition of engagement with the Judiciary and professions.

“It is an opportunity to promote public understanding of the judge to a wide audience, incorporating a range of perspectives on the law.

“We are very grateful to the Lord Chief Justice, the steering group and the Judicial Office for their collaboration and for the involvement of many judges from across England and Wales in the project.”

A video trailer for the course can be viewed at www.judiciary.uk/mooc where applicants can also pre-register for enrolment.


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