Street Law is a semester long social studies elective that serves as an introductory course to law and legal systems in the United States. Units will include… Introduction to Law Constitutional Law Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process Civil Law (Torts, Contracts and Family Law) Like any introductory course, Street Law is a survey. We will touch on broad and specific legal topics to give students a better understanding of law and how it affects you in real life. We will use case studies, individual research, group discussion / debate and mock trials throughout the course in order to reach our goal. Dueling opinions and lively debate should be the norm in this course making the class fun, enriching and meaningful.
4 Unit Tests, 4 -6 quizzes, 2 Mock Trail Participation Evaluations and 2 Group Presentations
Homework: Homework will be assigned on a as needed basis. Assignments will be 30 to 45 minutes in length and will be checked for completion and quality of work the following day.
- Every student should have a 3-ring binder (neatly organized) and a spiral notebook. Bellwork will be checked each day. Notebooks will be checked randomly for organization and neatness. Every student is expected to bring their notebook as well as text to class every day.
- Be where you are supposed to be
- When you are supposed to be there
- Doing what you are supposed to be doing
- To the best of your ability
You are expected to be in the room in your seat when the bell rings. Your first two tardies will be logged. A call home on the third and a referral on the 4th. Smart devises should be used appropriately during class.
Street Law Course Outline (Text used: Street Law: A Course in Practical Law)
- Introduction to Law Text: Chapters 1-6 Topics: What is law? How does the U.S. legal system compare to other legal systems? How is law created? Overview of U.S. judicial structure Film: Documentary: O.J. Simpson Case Assessments: Unit test Short Essay
- Constitutional Law Text: Chapters 36-45 Topics: What is constitutional law? U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights Function of the U.S. Supreme Court Individual research: landmark Supreme Court case Group and individual presentations: Rights and freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution Film: Separate But Equal (1991) Assessments: Unit test Short Essay Case Brief Rights and Freedoms Powerpoint Presentation
III. Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process Text: Chapters 7-17 Topics: What is criminal law? Group research: criminal justice process phases Group presentation: criminal justice process phases Individual research: True crime in the U.S. Mock Criminal Trial: State v. David Jones Film: Documentaries: Ruben “Hurricane” Carter Jeffery Daumer Assessments: Unit test Essay Group presentation criminal justice process phases Research paper on true criminal Mock trial evaluation
- Civil Law (Torts, Contracts and Family Law) Text: Chapters 18-35 Topics: What is civil law? Torts Contract law (focus on consumer and housing) Family law Mock Civil Trial: Vickers v. Hearst Film: Documentaries: Hot Coffee Family Law in America Assessments: Unit test Essay Mock trial evaluation.
The following grading scale will apply to all assignments:
Grade Numeric range Interpretation Grade Point Value
A 90 – 100 Outstanding 4
B 80 – 89 Good 3
C 70 – 79 Satisfactory 2
D 60 – 69 Improvement Needed 1
F Below 60 Unsatisfactory 0
Grades are determined through student performance on tests/quizzes (40%), classwork (50%) and homework (10%).
All missed work will result in a “0”. Adjustments will be made to the grade after the assignment is turned in. Students are responsible for making-up assignments when they return to school after absences. All make-up work must be submitted in a timely manner. Students will be penalized with a grade reduction for late assignments should the instructor decide to accept the work.