Introduction to Law - a CPA Program course
In California, this course has program status for Elective (g) in Social Studies as a California Partnership Academies (CPA) a-g course. CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE. Introduction to Law introduces students to legal concepts, principles and procedures. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure of the U.S. legal system including the role of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches; the philosophical underpinnings of law; the history of law in the United States; the role of attorneys, law enforcement and other legal professionals; categories of law; litigation principles; and alternative dispute resolution. The course involves substantial reading and writing. Students also participate in trial simulations, debates, and have opportunities to work with legal professionals.
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Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives
➢ Understand philosophical, historical, and cultural antecedents of law
➢ Develop a context for exploring to what extent legal institutions deal adequately with
➢ Differentiate federal from state cases and criminal from civil cases.
➢ Read and understand cases and identify holdings.
➢ Understand the Supreme Court and its role in our legal system
➢ Reason by distinction and analogy to build arguments for opposing sides based on a
hypothetical fact pattern and a governing rule of law.
➢ Analyze case law and the development of precedents
➢ Identify and resolve basic legal issues posed by hypothetical problems in the substantive
areas of family, criminal, tort, contract, procedural and Constitutional law.
➢ Identify and resolve ethical issues posed by hypothetical problems in the areas of family,
criminal, tort, contract, procedural and Constitutional law.
➢ Draft the content of simple legal documents including case summaries, briefs, pleadings
➢ Enhance critical thinking, legal thinking, and reflective judgment practices
Description of Activities
This course will develop each student’s ability to handle college level courses and specifically to:
* take notes efficiently & effectively
* interpret, access and use different information sources and evidence
* select, synthesize and integrate material for further use
* communicate effectively in an appropriate and accurate written form
* interpret information from data presented in various forms
* analyze tasks & make plans for tackling them * identify and evaluate material with conflicting conclusions
* frame and address problems and issues
* identify and critically evaluate relevant information.
* monitor personal progress, identify own strengths and weaknesses and implement ways of improving own learning.
Instructional Materials Needed
Textbooks and optional supplementary instructional materials (web resources, additional textbooks, magazines, etc.).
Instructional Materials Provided
Detailed course outline, classroom activities, handouts, lecture slides, student assessments, etc.
Curriculum type: Course
Academic subject areas: History/Social Sciences; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration
States' Career Clusters: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Secruity; Government & Public Administration
California Industry sector(s): Public Services
Duration: 1 year
Grade Targets: 9, 10, 11
Levels of Expertise for CTE: Concentration/Skill building, Introductory
Targeted Support Materials: Community Involvement, Industry Involvement
Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided
Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE.
Keywords: Law, history, elective
Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)