Starting with law
Starting with law

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Starting with law

Starting with law


Law is an interesting and lively subject that touches upon all aspects of everyday life. We hope that you will enjoy this course, which provides an introduction to the fascinating topic of law.

This course assumes that you have some interest in the law. You may be interested because of some direct involvement with the law, for example in buying a house, or your interest may have been sparked by one of the many television programmes based in a legal setting.

Law is often associated with traditional images and some see it as a dry subject requiring days to be spent in gloomy libraries poring over enormous dusty old books in order to solve obscure and difficult problems. We hope to dispel these viewpoints by showing you how law affects numerous aspects of our everyday lives and does so in interesting and sometimes quirky ways.

You will need a place to store your notes, thoughts and activity responses during the course. A ring binder and file dividers would enable you to rearrange notes or insert extra sheets, or you might prefer to keep a notebook. The choice of how to organise your work is yours to make and you may wish to experiment with different methods.

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