Criminal & Consumer Law is designed to help students understand various laws that will touch their lives. The course covers the practical aspects of criminal and consumer laws, with an emphasis on individual rights. Students will gain important knowledge about the law, in general, and its role in protecting them as citizens and consumers.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Introduction to Law or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze and describe jurisprudence.
- Identify and explain the different types of laws.
- Describe how laws can be amended or repealed.
- Differentiate between state and federal courts.
- Analyze and explain the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify the parties involved in civil and criminal trials.
- Analyze and describe trial procedures.
- Identify and explain Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- Identify and describe the various stages of a criminal trial.
- Explain the appeals process.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Identify the major substantive crimes.
- Explore criminal procedure.
- Discuss affirmative defenses to crimes.
- Identify and describe searches by the government and search warrants.
- Explain searches and arrests without warrants.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Explore the law of contracts.
- Examine the law of warranties.
- Explore the law of negotiable instruments.
- Identify and describe the law that governs landlords, tenants, and leases.
- Explore various consumer protection laws.
- Glencoe Street Law (textbook)