Get a rounded knowledge of Canadian Law

Welcome to the "sampler tray" of Canadian Law, delivering modules on everything from the constitution to contracts. As a student and as a citizen, this is knowledge that will serve you for the rest of your life.

Law 201/701 is designed for students from all disciplines, all ages, and all walks of life. The course provides students with an introduction to the Canadian legal and judicial systems. You'll learn where our laws come from, how Quebec and the rest of Canada operate under different legal systems, and how our government and courts are structured. You'll get to know the role of lawyers and judges in our society, and how legal ethics determine what they can and cannot do. 

You'll get brief -- but thorough -- introductions to the "greatest hits" of Canadian law: the Charter of Rights and the Constitution Act, 1867; Criminal Law; Torts; Contracts; Property Law; Business Law; Intellectual Property; International Law; and Workplace Law. Created and taught by Queen's Law professors, these courses pull from real case law, up-to-the-minute events, and key moments in our history to explain and explore how the law really works in Canada.

When I started my undergraduate degree, I knew I had an interest in pursuing law. However, it really was not until I took Law 201 that I understood what pursuing law meant. I was able to learn about several areas of Canadian law and how I interact with the law every day. I can now confidently say that law is something I want to pursue after my undergraduate degree.
Amanda Scorda

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • CLO 1: Recognize and explain the distinction between public and private law in Canada.
  • CLO 2: Illustrate the structure of the judicial system in Canada.
  • CLO 3: Critically analyze and evaluate Canadian judicial decisions.
  • CLO 4: Identify and explain basic legal reasoning while applying legal principles to facts.
  • CLO 5: Evaluate current social issues, including access to justice and equality as it relates to minority groups, such as First Nations, taking into account the diversity of Canadian society and fundamental Canadian legal principles.

Assessment Weighting

Case Brief 10%
Group E-Poster including peer review 15%
Online Mid-Term 10%
Family Law Fact Pattern – The Matrimonial Home 10%
One online forum discussion – current event 2%
Weekly Quizzes & Crosswords – quizzes are graded; crosswords are graded on attempts, but there must be an attempt.
Students can do these as often as they want, and will be graded on their highest attempt
Jeopardy Questions 5%
Jeopardy Game Play 5%
Online Tutorial Grade 5%
Final Proctored Exam – 100 MC & TF (3 hours) 30%

Course Materials 

Required Textbook from the Queen's Campus Bookstore:

Introduction to Law in Canada, 2nd Edition John Fairlie and Philip Snowden (Emond Publishing, Toronto: 2019)