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Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law

Monash University via FutureLearn

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From a personal and professional standpoint, everybody needs a basic comprehension of the legal system in which they live, in order to operate within the law and understand their legal rights and responsibilities.

To be legally aware is to be empowered.

Get an accessible introduction to the common law system

This free online course will provide an introductory insight to the common law system, variations of which are used in countries that are home to 2.3 billion people worldwide.

The course will introduce key legal doctrines and principles in readily accessible formats and language. Case studies will illuminate common applications of the law in real life scenarios, enabling you to explore the relevance of specific subjects to your own professional and personal circumstances, and legal jurisdiction.

Apply the law to your professional and personal life

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • locate and apply relevant regulatory requirements
  • identify, research, articulate and apply the legal principles relevant to your professional and personal life
  • communicate effectively about legal principles, rights and responsibilities
  • anticipate and mitigate legal risk and problems arising in your professional and personal life.

Learn with one of Australia’s top law schools

The course is an extension of the multi-disciplinary subject that lead educator, Lloyd England, already offers to students at the Monash University Faculty of Law – one of the largest and most prestigious law schools in Australia.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in law. Whether out of professional or personal interest in the legal environment in which you live and work, this course is for you.

Taught by

Lloyd England


4.9 rating, based on 14 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I didn't now what to expect, but I enjoyed every minute of this course. It combines a good mixture of video lectures, with study videos, questions, debates, class involvement, self study, guidance on how to study, etc. The course duration (one month) and the amount of work per week was also well balanced. I missed the first week due to work commitments, but was able to catch up quickly. I never felt overloaded (despite also performing a full time job) and always looked forward to the next module. Modules were short, so it was easy to stop and restart the course at any time. It was also interesting to hear views from around the world - I think everyone in the world should do this course!
  • Anonymous
    This introduction to law was excellent in every way. The tutors were engaging and the presentation of the material was clear and inspiring. The exercises were relevant and demanded that one researched the way law is applied in one's own jurisdiction. I for one discovered several useful links that apply to many aspects of everyday life. I was particularly impressed by the opinions expressed by former judges and their end of course summary was enlightening and encouraging. This course should continue and go from strength to strength. I would recommend this course wholeheartedly to anyone with even the slightest interest in the law, which should be all of us!
  • Anonymous
    Great course:
    Content was interesting, relevant and important to our every day lives.
    Instructors were clear, engaging, friendly and interactive with one another and with learners.
    Futurelearn is intuitive, attractive to look at and integrated well with your emails so you are alerted when there's new material.

    If I could make one suggestion it would be more quiz questions, as I find these one of the best ways for me to confirm my knowledge or motivate me to learn more.

  • Anonymous
    An outstanding learning opportunity. The course was superbly designed and executed by the team at Monash Univ. I appreciated the structure, content, pace, video inputs from very learned judges, pace, the challenges presented (great for engagement), the wide community of learners - in fact I can hardly think of anything to improve. It took me nearer five hours a week than three, but that may be due to my interaction and what I chose to do rather than the course design.
  • Anonymous
    Fantastic course for beginners- highly recommended for everyone in the community to learn how the system works and a great prep for people wanting to enter the legal field.
    The big name legal eagles involved give great insight into the inner workings of the legal system using case studies..
    Highly recommend it
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course - it's very engaging. I really liked the weekly feedback videos from Lloyd and James, and that the course taught me how to find information on the law where I live. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    This course has been a great opportunity to reaffirm some concepts and to learn new ones. It was very well deveolped and explained by all the Professors and Judges who gave their views on the common law development. I am very much grateful for having had the opportunity to take part in it, to learn , and to reflect upon many complex legal issues triggered by the Professors. Many thanks indeed!
  • Anonymous
    The learner has taken law as a course in his MBA and done an online diploma too. Compared to those, the learner would say the efficiency and effectiveness of educating contract law, criminal law, tort law and intellectual property law through this course are much more greater. Can be considered as another productive effort of Monash University and appreciate futurelearn on hosting it.
  • A really interesting and useful course. For me it cleared up a number of misconceptions on the matters of law that we meet regularly in our daily lives - sometimes without fully realising it - and although the course only scratched the surface, I now feel more confident about my knowledge of these things. It has whetted my appetite for more! I would recommend this course to everyone.
  • Anonymous
    The course was very insightful and gave practical information relating to laws and how they can they be applied in everyday life. The course also gave the opportunity to do our own research which was very beneficial.
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    Taiwo Oyeleye
    It was an amazing experience at my first shot at Law.

    Though, I am not a lawyer but the course has help to appreciate the importance of law in our day to day lives.
    I now know about my rights how to protect and demand for them and how to respect the rights of others.

    Contract law and Tort of Negligence impacted on me the most.

    It is a very useful course and I recommend it for others.
  • Anonymous
    Very good course, very informative. I highly recommended it. It covers some relevant issues with regards to law, with some case histories to put your understanding into practice and very interesting videos.
  • Learner
    I really enjoyed this course. I didn't really know much about the law, but I found this a great introduction. Clear and thought provoking discussions.
  • Anonymous
    This course is only offered online, so there are no options for in-person... feel good for legal study time for additional knowledge, maybe for future help individuals who can not afford to pay legal fees

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