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Introduction to Legal Concepts

Learn the basics of legal concepts like courts, trials, law, crime, and legal terminology with this free online course.

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This free online course covers the basics of legal concepts. Students will learn about law and crime. The course breaks down courts and different types of courts like, state courts and appellate courts. The course will cover the arrest to arraignment process and the important parts and players in that process like trials, juries and legal terminology. So, why wait? Start this course today and learn about the basics of legal concepts.





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This course, Introduction to Legal Concepts, will provide you with an understanding of the basics of legal concepts. You will learn about what it takes to be a Legal Secretary, from potential careers to required traits. You will be able to explain the courts and the criminal justice system, including actors in the courthouse, the jury box, and the difference between trial courts and appellate courts. You will also learn about the grand jury, arraignment, pretrial motions, and plea negotiations.

This course then explains the basics of law and crime. You will learn about the basics of American Law, common law heritage, Judge-made law, and how to read legal citations. You will also learn about criminal procedure amendments, the bill of rights, and types of civil disputes as well as civil remedies for fighting crime.

This course then wraps up discussing trials and juries. You will learn about the history of trials by jury, what the jury is and the role it plays in the criminal justice system, and the steps in the trial process. By taking this course you will learn about the workings of the American legal system as well as legal terminology. So why wait? Start learning today.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify different types and levels of courts. 
  • Contrast civil and criminal trails. 
  • Describe the arrest to arraignment process.
  • Explain trials and the role of every party involved from judge to the jury
  • Recognize legal terminology used throughout the process and it's role in court. 


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