Legal Studies - Laws and the Judicial System

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The judicial system is one of the most important elements of modern society. This system is responsible for law and order, as well as for everyone's legal security. This free Legal Studies course will guide you through the most important aspects of the judicial system, including civil and criminal law, how judges make laws, and why the laws change. This will make you a much more informed citizen, and help kickstart your legal career.
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    2-3 Hours
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  • Certification

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This course will teach you that, before a law becomes effective, it has to meet a number of criteria.You will learn how a law becomes known to the public, in line with community values, enforceable, stable, and amendable. This course will then discuss the dispute resolution network, including the elements of fairness, the principle of access, the resolution of disputes, and the various mechanisms in this network.

What's the difference between civil and criminal law? In a nutshell, civil law deals with disputes while criminal law deals with crime. In this course, you will gain a strong understanding of these two types of laws. You will also learn about the role of parliament, delegated bodies, and courts in the judicial system. You will learn how laws change to adapt to the changing values and needs of modern society and how judges make decisions based on earlier decisions in similar cases called precedents.

This Legal Studies course is an ideal study-aid for law students or for those who wish to acquaint themselves with the fundamentals of legal systems. It will make you more aware of the relationships between law-making bodies including their strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to determine if a law should be effective or not. So, check out the course and gain a better understanding of the law and the judicial system today.

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On completion of this course you will understand the different characteristics of law such as fairness, access, time, values, effectiveness, resolution of disputes and the mechanisms in the dispute resolution framework.You will know the different classifications of civil and criminal law. You will be able to identify who is responsible for changing the law and the reasons laws need to changed for an effective legal system. You will understand the roles of the judge, parliament and courts and the meaning of the doctrine of precedent. You will be more aware of the relationships between law-making bodies including their strengths and weaknesses.

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Course Reviews

Rafael A.
2 years ago
Rafael A.

Is very good beginner course. This is mostly based on the British system of law not U.S. system of law. However there are ideas that are common to each other.

Merie S.
2 years ago
Merie S.

A very good overview on the English Legal System

Susan W.
2 years ago
Susan W.

I thought this course was great and very informative this course has all the things you need to be able to work in an law office effectively

Donna T.
2 years ago
Donna T.

This course is great if you are going to do law or thinking about doing law and I suggest you do all the law course on here for a better understanding. I love them!

Rodney Tapiwa M.
2 years ago
Rodney Tapiwa M.

Great introductory course, loved every bit of it .Thanks Alison

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