Law & Order: Introduction to Legal Studies

Why This Class

Is your student a lawyer in the making? Have they expressed interest in law school or a career in the justice system? If so, you want to give them a head start on exploring this path further. With that in mind, this course gives your student an in-depth introduction to the principles and processes that make law and order happen.

Students in this self-paced course learn how the many participants in America’s legal system shape new laws, clarify old ones, and ensure that freedom stays protected in the process. They discover how ethics helps validate individual laws, look inside America’s courtrooms, and examine the nuances between the worlds of criminal, tort, consumer and family law. In the process, students learn who is responsible for each major part of the justice system and gain awareness of how courts enforce laws.

By completing this course, students get a taste of what they’ll learn if they decide to pursue law school—and become more informed and responsible citizens as a result.

Overarching Questions

How do ethics play a role in law?

What is the lawmaking process?

What are the different types of law?

Who creates and changes laws?

Reading List


Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman) – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 4

Format: Self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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