About Learning about the Law: Expanded Edition

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Learning about the Law: Expanded Edition from People's Law School provides information for newcomers and others about the laws in British Columbia and Canada.

We tried to keep the language easy, but some parts may still be hard. The words that are in italics are defined in the section, What the Words Mean.

Be sure to use the information in the section Find Out More at the end of the publication. It refers you to a wide range of resources that will answer your questions and provide help if you have a legal problem.

This publication brings into one volume several People's Law School booklets:

  • Learning about the Law: Fundamentals of Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law
  • Learning about the Law: Family Law, Young People and the Law, Older People and Elder Law
  • Learning about the Law: Working in BC, Renting a Home
  • Consumer Law
  • Driving in BC
  • Paying Taxes in BC
  • Scams to Avoid
  • Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Learning about the Law: Expanded Edition © People’s Law School is, except for the images, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada Licence. This licence lets others share, reuse, remix, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as they credit the copyright holder and license their new creations under the identical terms. You cannot reproduce the images without permission of shutterstock.com.

The People's Law School operates within an annual budget to keep publications up-to-date. Booklets are available in print and online formats as funding permits. Please check our website at www.publiclegaled.bc.ca for resource availability.

The responsibility for using and interpreting this information is with the user.

Law-related ESL lessons available online


This publication contains readings that form part of lesson modules for English language classes for newcomers to Canada and British Columbia. The Law-Related ESL Lessons are available online at wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca. Instructors will find lesson modules on legal topics that affect newcomers, including downloadable instructional packages at varying Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels, together with assessment tools. The lessons are considered samples and instructors are encouraged to modify the lessons to meet the needs of their English as a second language learners.



This publication is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

The People's Law School acknowledges the contribution of The Justice Education Society in the earlier versions of Learning about the Law.

The section on family law is based on the Legal Services Society publications Living Together or Living Apart and Guide to the New BC Family Law Act, available on the Family Law in BC website. The Legal Services Society holds the copyright to all information on their site. None of its material may be commercially reproduced, but copying for other purposes, with credit, is encouraged.


Clicklaw Wikibooks are collaboratively developed, plain language legal publications that are available online at wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca and can also be printed. Clicklaw Wikibooks are provided as part of the Clicklaw program operated by Courthouse Libraries BC. Courthouse Libraries BC is a non-profit society that helps the public and legal community in British Columbia find and use legal information.

The People's Law School

The People's Law School is a non-profit charitable society whose purpose is to provide British Columbians with reliable information about their rights and responsibilities under the law.

For more information on learning about the law, public legal education events or referral services, visit publiclegaled.bc.ca.


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