Learn to supercharge your practice while sitting in front of your computer. Whether you are ready to delve into a new practice area or want to beef up your knowledge in your existing area, there are free online courses offered by major universities and law schools so you can learn conveniently. In some states, the courses may qualify for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

Coursera, an educational technology company started by two Stanford professors, offers MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. Coursera’s 12+ million users can take any of 1,000 courses offered by 117 institutions. The majority of the classes are free and part of the university curriculum. Some courses are on-demand and can be started at any time; other courses set a 6-8 week limit for completion while you do the lectures at your convenience.

Stanford Law School offers Surveillance Law, taught by Jonathan Mayer. The course includes lectures with detailed slides for note-taking, a weekly quiz, references to relevant cases and statutes and resource materials. The course covers the implementation of the Stored Communications Act, the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act, the Patriot Act, and other relevant laws allowing government agencies to access our private data. With data privacy becoming a hot-button issue, the course is well worth taking whether or not you are considering this evolving practice area.

There are classes offered in a variety of subjects from business to technology to history and more if you are looking for something to expand your horizons. Online courses offer learning opportunities that have not been available before. Explore the subjects and learn something that will supercharge your practice.