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Getting the most out of this course

Not every country in the world speaks the same language, and the same is true for the legal systems that each nation state chooses to use. It certainly would be easier for us all to learn if every legal system was the same structure across the globe.

The laws we look at in this course come under a system known as the common law. This is the system that is used by most countries that were originally colonised by the English. It is a mixture of customary law, judge-made law and parliamentary law.

Today, many nations, like Australia, still use the common law as a foundational feature of their legal system. Barbados, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, England and Wales, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United States, and many others – all have legal systems that owe their heritage to the common law.

Although we explore law through an Australian common law lens, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to apply the law from your jurisdiction to the case studies, discussions and tasks throughout the course.

This course is not designed to be legal advice. If you have any significant concerns it's better that you do not to discuss those concerns with other learners and seek professional advice and support.

Follow the course mentor

The course mentor for Law for Non-Lawyers is James Milsom. We suggest that you follow James to make sure you’re aware of the comments he makes throughout the course.

Learning with others

Courses such as this one attract thousands of participants, which means it is not possible for us to provide individual help in most cases. But the big advantage is that learners can help each other. So if you know the answer to a question being asked, don’t be shy. Post an answer. If you find an answer or comment helpful, please ‘like’ it, so the best answers can be found more easily by others (filter by ‘most liked’).

We can also learn a lot from other people’s insights and experiences so the more you actively share your ideas and join in the discussions the more you will get out of this course. We suggest that you simply share insights from your own experience and ask the questions that are of interest to you.

Join the conversation

For those of you who use Twitter, consider following @LawNonLaw and use the hashtag #FLLawNonLaw to stay informed of course-related news and events, and to keep in touch with other learners outside this course. Joining Twitter or following @LawNonLaw is entirely optional.

Would you like a certificate?

This course will give you the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement. The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

There’s also an option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation to celebrate taking part in this course. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.


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Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law

Monash University