Judges and the Law OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Judicial Law Class by The Open University

Published Feb 13, 2009

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'Judges and Law' is an OpenCourseWare that deals with the process that judges use to formulate laws, the inner workings of the common law system and the strengths and weaknesses of this system of law. This free course, provided by The Open University, also compares and contrasts civil codes and common law legal systems. Students interested in the development of the legal system and the role of judges will find the information presented in this unit to be fascinating and beneficial.

Judges and the Law: Course Specifics

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Judges and the Law: Course Description

This course takes a look at the court system in England and Wales, known as a 'common law system.' It is a legal system that is followed by many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, India and many others. 'Judges and Law' is a free OpenCourseWare provided by the Open University's Law Department. Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the English legal system by covering a range of topics, starting with the role of courts, the history of common law and the uses and specifics of legal language. Other topics of study include the differences between common law and civil law systems and the rules of statutory interpretation. Students who complete 'Judges and Law' will develop a solid understanding of the common law system, how laws are made and altered, the hierarchy of the court system and the role of the courts in statutory interpretation. Students will also become competent in the reading and evaluation of legal cases.

Course materials include online unit notes, as well as a discussion forum and other learning resources. To learn more, visit the judges and law course page.

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