Legal Studies – Laws and the Judicial System

Delivered online

1.5-3 hours

Course description

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.

Upon succesful completion of this course you will be able to:


  • List the characteristics of effective law
  • Define the difference between procedural and substantive justice
  • Describe the elements of fairness
  • Explain the major forum for dispute resolution within the legal system
  • Identify the difference between civil and criminal law
  • List some of the parts that civil law can be divided into
  • Explain the three ways in which the law is changed or made
  • Describe why law changes as society changed
  • List factors that cause changes in the law
  • Identify the consequences of judges making law
  • Outline the types, principles, and requirements of precedence
  • Explain the differences and similarities between parliaments and courts