• Street Law

    Plan of Study


    Rationale: This elective course focuses on developing in students the knowledge and skills necessary to live in our law-saturated society. This Street Law course will provide a practical understanding of law and the legal system that will be of use to students in their everyday lives.


    Course Objective:

    -To provide an understanding of law and the legal system that will be of use to students in their everyday lives.

    -To improve understanding of the fundamental principles and values underlying the US Constitution, laws, and legal system.

    -To promote awareness of current issues and controversies relating to law and the legal system.

    -To encourage effective and informed civic participation in our democracy.

    -To bring about a greater sense of justice, tolerance, and fairness.

    -To develop a willingness and an ability to resolve disputes through informal and, where necessary, formal mechanisms.

    -To improve basic skills, including critical thinking and reasoning, communication, observation, and problem solving.

    -To improve understanding of the roles that law, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and the legal system play in our democracy.

    -To provide exposure to the many vocational opportunities that exist within the legal system.


    Outline of Course Content:

              Unit #1 – Introduction to Law and the Legal System

                       Chapter 1 – What is Law?

                       Chapter 2 – Lawmaking

                       Chapter 3 – Advocacy

                       Chapter 4 – Settling Disputes

                       Chapter 5 – The Court System

                       Chapter 6 – Lawyers

    Unit #2 – Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice

                       Chapter 7 – Crime in America

                       Chapter 8 – Introduction to Criminal Law

                       Chapter 9 – Crimes Against the Person

                       Chapter 10 – Crimes Against Property

                       Chapter 11 – Defenses

                       Chapter 12 – Criminal Justice Process: The Investigation

    Chapter 13 – Criminal Justice Process: Proceedings Before Trial

                       Chapter 14 – Criminal Justice Process: The Trial

    Chapter 15 – Criminal Justice Process: Sentencing and Corrections

                       Chapter 16 – Juvenile Justice

                       Chapter 17 – Law and Terrorism

    Unit #3 – Torts

                       Chapter 18 – Torts: A Civil Wrong

                       Chapter 19 – Intentional Torts

                       Chapter 20 – Negligence

                       Chapter 21 – Strict Liability

                       Chapter 22 – Torts and Public Policy

    Unit #4 – Consumer and Housing Law

                       Chapter 23 – Contracts

                       Chapter 24 – Warranties

                       Chapter 25 – Credit and Other Financial Services

                       Chapter 26 – Deceptive Sales Practices

                       Chapter 27 – Becoming a Smart Consumer

                       Chapter 28 – Cars and the Consumer

                       Chapter 29 – Housing and the Consumer

    Unit #5 – Family Law

                       Chapter 30 – Law and the American Family

                       Chapter 31 – Marriage

                       Chapter 32 – Parents and Children

                       Chapter 33 – Foster Care and Adoption

                       Chapter 34 – Separation, Divorce, and Custody

                       Chapter 35 – Government Support for Families and Individuals

    Unit #6 – Individual Rights and Liberties

                       Chapter 36 – Introduction to Constitutional Law

                       Chapter 37 – Freedom of Speech

                       Chapter 38 – Freedom of the Press

                       Chapter 39 – Expression in Special Places

                       Chapter 40 – Freedom of Religion

                       Chapter 41 – Due Process

                       Chapter 42 – The Right of Privacy

                       Chapter 43 – Discrimination

                       Chapter 44 – Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace


    Assessment Tools:

    1. The teacher will make use of notes and discussion. Notes will be graded prior to each test.
    2. Students will be required to complete worksheets, article reviews, posters, models, debates, and discussion questions for a grade.
    3. Quizzes and Tests will be used as a part of each chapter and grade.
    4. Students will also be graded on involvement in such activities as mock trials, field trips, and guest speakers.
    5. As part of the quarter grade, each student will be required to complete ten hours of community service. Details will be discussed as a class.


    Grading Scale:

              -The grading scale will be that of the school’s grading scale.