1. Introduction to the English legal system and the courts 2. The courts, small business and the law-making process 3. The legal profession 4. Alternative dispute resolution 5. European Community law and human rights 6. Comparative legal systems : civil law, US law, Japanese law, People's Republic of China, Sharia and Hindu law 7. Contract law and e-commerce 8. Consumer law and the tort of negligence 9. Sole traders, partnerships and business names 10. Company law 11. Employment law 12. Intellectual property law.