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.
-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
- The teacher will make use of notes and discussion. Notes will be graded prior to each test.
- Students will be required to complete worksheets, article reviews, posters, models, debates, and discussion questions for a grade.
- Quizzes and Tests will be used as a part of each chapter and grade.
- Students will also be graded on involvement in such activities as mock trials, field trips, and guest speakers.
- 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.
-The grading scale will be that of the school’s grading scale.