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“John did an absolutely first-class job of summarizing a lot of material concisely.”- T. Morrison.
“Superb presentation. Three years of law school in three hours. Wow. Fantastic.” Student, Langara
“I am interested in what goes on in the world and what I can do to succeed. I wanted to study law for a year to better understand the world. John gave me what I wanted in one day.” Student, Langara College
“We have a good legal system in terms of laws and court rulings, but we also have problems with access to justice.” Beverley McLachlin, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
No one can isolate themselves from matters of state and enterprise. Functional service and regulatory states – grounded in liberty, democracy and rule of law – provide life support for all.
This session summarily reviews the core subjects of a law school education – and what people must know about legal systems and specific laws when they live, work, do business, buy and sell, have relationships, invest, travel and study.
No state can be considered functional, democratic or based on the rule of law if citizens don’t have the rights and capacity to access systems of justice.
The presentation looks beyond technical rules and the “you must do this or you can’t do that” approach. It helps people think legally – to analyze facts, identify legal issues and applicable laws, make decisions and act effectively – alone or with others – to achieve goals and address challenges.
Greater legal knowledge can: lead to more self-reliance and affordable and efficient lawyer-client relations; help anyone avoid or manage legal problems; contribute to greater understanding of political and economic affairs; create a framework for media, political and business analysis.
- Entities (states – persons – corporations) – relationships – risks – freedoms – order – certainty.
- Risk management and mitigation – goals – progress – intentions – motives – goals.
- Private identity and rights – historical context – pre-exist and not the gift of the state.
- Claims to rights – paths to legally enforceable rights.
- Delegation of state powers (from the people) to constitutional actors.
- Federalism and division of state powers
- State powers – the legitimate and exclusive use of force and the force of law.
- Constraints on power – natural rights – international law – constitutions and domestic laws – courts.
- Specific powers of constitutional actors and governments – private contracts – private property ownership (distinct from role in holding land and grants of private rights) – prerogative powers.
- Administrative delegation of powers – administrative law controls on delegates – rules on jurisdiction, procedural fairness, bias, errors of fact and law and abuse of discretion.
- Criminal law – duties owed to the entire community without agreements existing.
- Public prosecutors act for the community (not the victim).
- Criminal and tort law – and their application to the same facts – intention factors.
- Public regulatory law – protects public interests and rights of persons in specific relationships – private rights generally don’t result – mechanics of regulation.
- Private volitional contract instruments.
- Vast body of contract law – governs formation, provisions, termination, performance and remedies.
- User friendly contract management – about strong relationships – not burdens and lawsuits.
- Civil right of freedom of contract – contracts are enforceable promises – actions or documents are evidence of contracts – only its parties make and are bound and protected by their contract.
- Tort law – risk mitigation – duties of care to not harm others exist without agreements – duties owed to parties in specific relationships – private parties can act to protect their rights – when duties of care arise.
- Intentional and non-intentional (negligence) torts – standards of care, damages, causation and foreseeability.
- Property law – personal, real and intellectual property.
- People have bundles of rights to “things”.
- Still about social order and relationships between people – someone has rights – others don’t.
- Another expression of private parties wanting rights free of dictatorial masters.
- Role of property law in commercial transactions, family law, estates.
- Workplace law – contract law – regulation (standards, pensions, safety, employment insurance).
- Employment versus independent services – the “Tests” – exceptions to every test.
- Workplace laws and role of professions.
- Duties and roles of shareholders, directors, managers, employees, external services, agents, fiduciaries.
- Business organizations – proprietorships – partnerships – corporations (profit – non-profit).
- Misuse of terms like partnership, alliance, joint venture.
- Corporate affairs and finance – shareholder rights and remedies
- Commercial transactions – contract freedoms and relationships
- Financing goods and services assembly – transaction finance
- Buyer-seller protections – creditors remedies – competition laws.
- Domestic and international trade freedoms and constraints.
- This Module is Optional – In addition to subjects above, we can cover the following:
- Fundamentals of legal research – statutes, subordinate regulation, case law – legal writing.
- Civil and criminal procedure – legal writing.
- Working with your lawyer – limited services – un-bundled legal service contracts.
- Related public policy issues – professions reform – court reform – penal reform.