Introduction to English Law and the Legal System

Ref: C2343146

The session will cover all of the topics specified in the learning outcomes using a case study and problem-solving approach. Participants will be expected to actively engage in group work and discussion with tutor guidance. Materials covering the topics set out above will be provided in the form of handouts and reference to further resources. At the end of the session participants will be asked for their feedback and whether they would like more sessions or courses on matters legal and if so, what?

Course aim

To introduce participants to the nature of law, the basic divisions within the law, the role and structure of the courts and the function of and accessibility to lawyers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • define the rule of law and the separation of powers
  • describe where the sources of law can be found
  • demonstrate, through a given problem, the difference between criminal and civil law
  • identify in outline the courts and tribunals exercise what jurisdiction
  • explain how a person can access a lawyer if they need to and describe what that lawyer may be able to do to assist.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Introduction to English Law and the Legal System


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