High School

Law and Order

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
Open
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Every purchase, lease, contract, marriage, divorce, arrest, crime, or traffic violation places the citizen face-to-face with the law. Law & Order is designed to provide students with an understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities.

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Competencies

Introduction to Laws

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of law in the United States by explaining the principles of law and ethics, analyzing the principles of the U.S. system of government, and describing the functions of government.

History of Law

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of historical events on the formation of laws by describing historical events and the laws that resulted and analyzing the relationship between events and laws.

The Lawmaking Process

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the lawmaking process by analyzing different domains of governance, explaining how laws are created, and describing how conflicting laws are addressed.

Introduction to the Court System

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the court system by describing the structure of the court system and explaining the trial process.

Civil Law and Criminal Law

Students will demonstrate an understanding of civil law and criminal law by explaining civil procedures, explaining criminal procedures, and comparing the similarities and differences.

The Bill of Rights

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Bill of Rights by analyzing rights of citizenship and describing rights in relationship to criminal law.

International Law and Civil Rights

Students will demonstrate an understanding of human rights under the law by explaining international human rights policies and explaining human rights policies in the U.S.

Consumer Law

Students will demonstrate an understanding of consumer law by explaining the rights and responsibilities of consumer protection laws.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Understand how to make a well rounded decision.
  • Understand ethics and their applications.
  • Understand the importance of laws.
  • Understand the history of the US Legal System.
  • Understand how our laws and ethics are related.
  • Understand how a law moves through Congress.
  • Understand the key players in law formation.
  • Understand the President’s power of veto.
  • Understand what roles a citizen has.
  • Understand the ways a court can affect a law.
  • Understand how laws are changed.
  • Examine the parts and purposes of the state court system.
  • Examine the parts and purposes of the federal court system.
  • Understand the steps of a civil case.
  • Understand the process and people involved in a criminal and civil case.
  • Identify the factors that may lead to crime.
  • Understand the individuals involved in crime.
  • Understand the purpose of the US criminal justice system.
  • Understand the differences between crimes.
  • Understand the different levels of liability.
  • Know and understand what torts are.
  • Understand the concept of damages.
  • Understand the different types of torts.
  • Understand the concept of standard of care.
  • Understand the idea of product liability.
  • Understand how a consumer interacts within the market.
  • Understand the purpose and reason behind the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Understand what consumers are entitled to and what they should give back to the market.
  • Understand what the different warranties are, and how they can affect a consumer’s purchase.
  • Understand the ramifications of legal documents and oral documents and which is better.
  • Understand any hidden issues associated with credit cards, interest, payments, late payments, and credit card user rights.
  • Define a family.
  • Understand what common law marriage is.
  • Understand the seriousness of domestic abuse.
  • Understand the reasons behind cohabitation.
  • Understand how the family has legally changed in the last several decades.
  • Understand each of the rights outlined in the US Bill of Rights.
  • Understand the applications of the First Amendment.
  • Understand the concept of Free Press and its regulations.
  • Be familiar with landmark cases involved in the freedom of speech.
  • Understand where the concept of the right to privacy comes from.