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Certificate in Law: Intro to Basic Legal Concepts

This guide was designed for students in the Queen's Certificate in Law program.

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This guide was designed for students in the Queen's Certificate in Law program. It will be especially helpful to students who have enrolled in a certificate course without first taking Law 201/701: Introduction to Canadian Law.

Each page provides a brief summary of a concept that is key to understanding the Canadian legal system. This information is intended to serve only as a starting point and should not be considered a comprehensive overview of any given topic.

More detailed information can be found in resources listed under "Further Reading". More general resources are listed in a separate page at the end of the guide, and topic-specific resources are listed at the bottom of each page.

Further Reading on Specific Course Topics

Are you looking for introductory books and ebooks on a specific area of law?

Certificate students have access to a large number of legal resources through the Library. For distance learners, we provide many online resources and can also facilitate access to print resources where possible (please contact the Law Library if you have a request). 

If you're not sure where to start, Library guides are a great way to find introductory resources by subject. Here are several that correspond with Certificate courses: 

Questions? Contact the Law Library for further assistance.