Law Studies

High School / Electives

Laws affect the lives of American adults and teenagers differently. In this course, students examine laws and court decisions that apply to all citizens, as well as those that specifically outline the rights of teenagers. Students gain a greater understanding of the foundations of the United States government and legal system as they review the principles outlined in the founding documents. In addition to studying criminal and civil law, students also explore life events covered under family law and the legal protections given to consumers. Students are challenged to investigate Supreme Court rulings and apply them to situations faced by teenagers.
The course offers students the chance to express and support their opinions about changing public policies and current legal issues. The focus is on understanding legal concepts and how to find answers about legal questions, rather than memorizing case information and technical details; the ultimate goal is to provide students an opportunity to earn an elective credit through interaction with engaging content. Prerequisites: None. Credits .5