Introduction to the Legal System

Course Info:

Course Introduction

This course introduces students to the Canadian constitutional structure, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other human rights provisions. Students also learn about the court structure and litigation process, including the role of judges, counsel and parties, as well as the division of law in our common law system. This course also observes the alternatives to proceeding to trial (negotiation, mediation and arbitration) and the reforms that have been made to further encourage people to retain control of and resolve their own disputes.

Following up on Introduction to the Legal System, this course introduces students to the basic principles of property law, such as the differences between real and personal property, the rights and interests that can be held and transferred in property, and the systems for the registration and transfer of ownership and other interests in property. Students are also introduced to the major forms of business organization; sole proprietorship, partnership and incorporation. The course examines the differences between these forms and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Finally, students are introduced to the law concerning the sale of goods as well as consumer protection law.

Course Prerequisites


Course Notes

Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There are two assignments and three tests to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

Level 1:

Module 1: Introduction to Legal Studies

Module 2: Canada’s Governmental Structure

Module 3: Canada’s Legal Structure

Module 4: The Court System; Administrative Regulators

Module 5: The Process of Civil Litigation

Module 6: Human Rights Protection in Canada; Alternatives to Court Action

Level 2:

Module 1: Property Law

Module 2: Business Law

Module 3: Consumer Law

  • Program: Legal Programs

  • Of interest to: Those who are planning to work in a legal department, law firm, or legal office, and who wish to broaden their knowledge of Canadian property and business law.

  • Course aim: To familiarize students with the Canadian constitutional structure.To familiarize the student with the fundamentals of property and business law in Canada.

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