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Introduction to Law
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Introduction to Law will offer students the opportunity to explore all aspects of the United States legal system, from its fundamental ideas to its guiding principles. The emphasis throughout the course will be to examine the reasons why a society and its members must adhere to the legal system while thinking critically and evaluating tenets of the law. This course serves as the prerequisite for Criminal and Consumer Law.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the kinds of laws that exist.
  • Examine how law is related to values, human rights, and responsibilities.
  • Explore the roles of citizens in influencing the formation of laws.
  • Evaluate the importance of lobbying and voting.
  • Describe how trials, appeals courts, and tribal courts operate.
  • Analyze the powers of the Supreme Court within the U.S. system of justice.
  • Examine ethical issues related to the practice of law.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine several defenses to crimes.
  • Describe the steps involved in the criminal justice process, from the investigation to the pretrial proceedings, then the trial and ending, with sentencing and corrections.
  • Explain how the juvenile justice system works.
  • Examine the law as it relates to terrorism.
  • Describe the ideas behind, and the types of, torts.
  • Examine negligence within the legal system.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain how strict liability laws work.
  • Describe how public policy affects torts.
  • Examine how contracts affect the consumer and business.
  • Examine how the credit industry and other financial services operate.
  • Describe the various deceptive sales practices.
  • Identify important information to consider when purchasing an automobile or home.
  • Examine how law affects the American family.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine the laws regarding marriage in American society.
  • Explain the obligations parents and children have for one another.
  • Examine the laws regarding separation, divorce, and custody.
  • Describe how the government supports American families.
  • Examine the laws of the United States Constitution, focusing on the Bill of Rights, in particular the First Amendment.

Course Materials

  • Glencoe Street Law (textbook)

**NCAA approved