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Legal Foundations Course

The Legal Foundations Course (previously the Law for Librarians Course) is run by BIALL's Professional Development Committee in conjunction with the University of Westminster Department of Professional Legal Studies.

It is an online course providing a grounding in legal concepts for librarians and information workers with at least one year's experience in a law environment. It is not a course in how to conduct legal research, but rather a way of getting to grips with the terminology used in the legal profession, providing you with a better understanding of the law in England and Wales, and of how it has been applied in various subject areas. 

Each week a new lecture is made available to participants; these lectures may be in the format of audio recordings with slides or video files.   A small activity such as a multiple choice quiz follows the lecture.  Participants are recommended to set aside 3 hours per week to complete the activities.   The students must pass the online activities in order to receive the end of course certificate.

2016/17 Course

The topics for this year are:

  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Sale of Goods
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort
  • European Union Law
  • Employment Law
  • Wills, Probate and Administration
  • Immigration Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Family Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media Law
  • Business Organisations and Company
  • Finance and Banking
  • Land Law


Updated: Daniel Bates (10 August 2016)