Legal terminology is a collection of words and phrases that have a precise or particular use in the law profession. However, legal language is not a universal language – it is dependent on culture and intertwined with individual societies and their unique legal systems. This course is ideal for anyone who deals with legal terminology – from accountants, journalists and public servants to those in the legal and law enforcement professions. Not you? If you need to prepare a legal document or buy a property, it will come in handy as well!
Legal Terminologyis an online professional development program that will introduce you to the scope and nature of legal terminology, and how it is used in the legal workplace, legal systems and different types of law.
In this legal terminology course, you will study the common legal languages, the people and processes involved in law, and different legal systems across the world.
You will also learn about the intricacies of property, criminal, contract, business, estate, family, insurance and accidents compensation law.
On completion of this course, you will have a broad understanding of the law and legal terminology, which will increase your knowledge of government and community, both personally and professionally!
Unit - Legal Terminology
Unit 1 – Scope and nature of legal terminology
Origin of legal words
Development of legal language
The role of Latin in the development of legal language and law
Common legal language
Sources of law
Broad categories of law
Substantive vs procedural law
Private vs public law
Civil vs common law
Types of law administrative law
Adversarial (accusatorial law)
Common law (English law)
Criminal or penal law
Intellectual property law
Separation of powers (judicial, legislative, executive)
Essential features of the Westminster system
Common legal terms
Unit 2 – The legal workplace
People and processes
Types of lawyers: attorney (or advocate)
Barrister vs solicitor
Criminal defence lawyers
Role of courts
Limited (bounded or special) jurisdiction
Subject matter jurisdiction
Levels of courts
Court of assize
Court of equity
Court of record
Full court: (or full bench)
International court of justice
International criminal court
Small claims court
English court structure
Unit 3 – Legal systems
Australia, UK, international law etc.
Common law legal systems
Codification of law
Separation of powers
Australian law system
International law, etc.
Unit 4 – Contract and business law
Nature of contract
Classes of contract
Validity and enforceability
Rules as to offer
Rules as to acceptance of an offer
Revocation of an offer
Rules as to rejection of an offer
Rules as to lapse of an offer
Intention to create legal relations
Rules relating to consideration
Capacity to contract
Discharge and conclusion of contract
Formation of simple contract
Unit 5 – Property law
England and Wales, Scotland, USA, Australia
Patent, trademarks, copyright, design patent
Confidential information (trade secrets)
Unit 6 – Wills, probate, estate law
Will requirements (testamentary intent, testamentary capacity, lack of duress, absence of undue influence, witnesses)
Unit 7 – Criminal law
History of punishment
Reasons for punishment (rehabilitation, deterrence/prevention, protection of society/incapacitation, restoration, retribution, education)
USA – Criminal law or penal law
Australian criminal law
Canadian criminal law
Classification of torts (intentional tort, unintentional tort)
Purpose of tort law (compensation for damages, financial responsibility, deterrence, avoiding self-help)
Duty of care
Breach of confidence
Unit 8 – Other categories
Family law (decree nisi, de facto marriage, equitable adoption, adoption by estoppels, interlocutory decree, judgement nisi, etc)
Estimated duration 40 Hours
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