Criminal and Civil Law


    Course Requirements


    Grade: 10, 11, or 12 Prerequisite: None Credit Value: 5

    Length of Course: Academic Year


    Course Description


    Students in Criminal and Civil Law engage in an in-depth study of the working relationship between the law and themselves.  The course focuses on the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the criminal and civil justice process. Special emphasis is placed on how the law works to benefit the individual, the community, and the state.  An examination of past and current case studies allows students to analyze legal issues, debate procedures, and predict outcomes as they collaborate to apply learning to real-life situations. Benchmark assessments are

    employed to track individual student progress.



    Course Content


    This course will consist of the following units of study:


    The Legal System

    Criminal Law

    Criminal Offense

    Criminal Justice Process

    Juvenile Justice System

    Tort Law

    Consumer, Housing, and Family Law

    The First Amendment


    Course Objectives


    The student will demonstrate the ability to answer in detail the following essential questions:


    What is law?

    What factors may lead to incidents of criminal offense?

    How can crimes be classified?

    What procedures are necessary parts of the criminal justice process?

    In what ways is the juvenile justice system unique?

    In what ways are citizens protected by tort law?

    How does the law affect a citizen’s daily life?

    How has the interpretation of the United States Constitution evolved?

    What are the post-graduation and/or career options that apply to the course content?

    between the law and themselves.


    Evaluation Process

    A final average of 65% or better is required to be awarded course credit. Throughout the length of this course, students may be evaluated on the basis of, but not limited to:

     Formative Assessments, such as writing prompts, journals, and portfolios

     Summative Assessments, such as quizzes, tests, and midterm and final examinations

     Performance Assessments, such as projects and presentations

     Technology-based Applications, such as electronic portfolios, Web Quests, ThinkQuest, and podcasting

     Class Participation

     Homework



    - Tests/Projects  >  60% of the marking period grade.

    - Quizzes/Essays/Collected Homework  >  30% of the marking period grade.

    - Checked Homework/Classwork  >  10% of the marking period grade.