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BLAW 10

This course provides 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, including its historical development, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in particular. The course also examines the structure and organization of government in Canada. The executive, legislative and judicial branches are examined, together with contemporary issues in Canadian politics. The structure of the court system is introduced, as are administrative and regulatory bodies. The process by which legislation is developed and implemented is examined. The ethical obligations and roles of legal professionals to the public is provided, as well as the governance by the provincial Law Society.