Picture this: A woman walks out of a coffee shop and dumps her leftover coffee on the sidewalk by the door. Shortly after, an old man passing by slips and falls on the slippery sidewalk. This accident had serious consequences – the old man suffers a pelvic fracture and sciatic nerve damage, which leads to overwhelming medical bills.
When faced with this situation, many people have a vague intuition of who they think is in the wrong, but what would actually happen in a court of law? The Canadian Law and Moot Court Program is a six part course in which students will have the chance to explore questions just like this. In our weekly classes, students will receive a brief clear summary of a legal topic, and then be asked to take on the role of either a lawyer, judge, or witness in a structured moot court environment. In their roles as lawyers and judges, students will be able to explore interesting legal issues and make arguments to support their assigned positions. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to prepare for and compete in national and provincial youth mock trial competitions.
Our teachers are not only experienced in teaching children, they are also experts in the law. They know how to give feedback that is tailored to each students needs, helping them to improve and overcome whatever challenges they may face. Additionally, they are experts in helping the students understand the legal concepts they’ll need to know on the road to becoming an exceptional debater and leader.
What Students Will Learn
Key Skills and Concepts
Our law curriculum, created by real lawyers and law students, is focused on what law students would learn in their first year of law school. This 6 part program aims to cover 6 general areas of the law: foundations, contract, tort, property, criminal, and constitutional.
The Foundations of Law
There are many different types and pieces of the law. Before turning to all of them, it’s important to understand the foundations. In Part 1, we will cover the basics that allow us to understand the specific types of law that will appear later on. We will learn what the law is, how it’s used in the real world, and how legal arguments are constructed and delivered.
Contracts are one of the most fundamental building blocks of society. Contracts are the rules people, companies, and governments set in their dealings with other people, companies, and governments! They’re what makes our promises enforceable by law, and have a huge impact on our daily lives. In this section, we will learn how to read contracts, and what makes some contracts legal, and others illegal.
Tort law is a type of law that we often see on T.V. It’s the law that contains lawsuits and what happens when two people have a disagreement big enough to involve the courts. In this section, we’ll learn what people can be sued for, what rights we have against other people, and what we can do when these rights are violated. Aside from criminal law, this is probably the biggest source of ideas for legal dramas!
Property law is the area of law that governs land ownership, as well as personal property. What role does the law take in ownership of things? And what happens when there’s questions about who owns what, and what ownership entails? That’s what we’ll be covering in this book. If you’ve ever wondered what property rights you have when it comes to your house, this class is to you!
This is the part of law that we probably hear about (and maybe even think about) the most! Criminal law is the part of law that prohibits people from taking certain actions. Punishments can be anything from a small fine for a speeding ticket, all the way up to a lifetime behind bars for murder! Criminal law is the thing that keeps society from devolving into violence, and it’s something worth learning about.
What are your rights? What are you allowed to do, irrelevant of what the government, or other people want? That’s what constitutional law is all about. These are the rules that set the limits of the governments power over citizens, as well as what those citizens have a right to in the different parts of their lives. Constitutional law is the type of law that’s generally being discussed when we hear the term “human rights”.
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