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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsLLOYD ENGLAND: Hi, welcome to the course. This week, we're going to explore where laws come from, the evolution of the common law throughout the world, and its interrelation with modern statutes passed by governments current and previous. We're going to make legal academics, go through some case studies, have some discussions, and then we're going to meet some judges to get their views from the bench. The law's not interested in managing your bargains. You're free to make bad bargains as well as good ones. But what the law can do is help you enforce the bargains you have made. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. So come and learn with us what things to be aware of.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsCome on, let's get cracking and learn all about law for non-lawyers contract law.

Welcome to the course

This course will give you a starting point of understanding about the law. It will help you understand not just where the law comes from, but also allow you to reflect and share your experiences.

The law touches on so many aspects of our daily lives, it’s virtually impossible to know every single law as it applies to you at any one time. But, by learning about some of the core areas of law that this course will cover, we want to help you feel more informed about your legal rights and responsibilities as we all go about our lives.

I trained as lawyer in the UK and then as a Trade Marks Attorney in Australia and now lecture in law and am driven by the desire to bring legal literacy to all.

I hope that you find this course an inviting, friendly and challenging environment and we look forward to learning with you.

To find out more about each week, you can use the 'To do' list or go to the Downloads section of this step to download the course overview, which will give you a snapshot of the content and tasks for the week.

Talking point

We would like to start the course by hearing from you. There will probably be a variety of reasons why each of you have signed up to do this course and we have been really interested to read the introductions that many of you posted in the welcome area before the course started.

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Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law

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