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This course will provide a general overview of the development of legal principles, rights, and responsibilities in the Canadian context, and how they may be applied to selected areas of law that form the substance of other courses in the Law Clerk program. A look at the sources and divisions of law leads into an examination of the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The structure of the court system is introduced, as are administrative and regulatory bodies, and the criminal justice system. The process by which legislation is developed and implemented will be examined. A look at legal professionals and their ethical obligations to the public is provided, as well as the governance by the provincial Law Society.