Legal Services

The Legal Services course will provide students with an overview of the system of laws in the United States and the practice areas and career options in the field. Students will learn about how the legal system operates to control how society punishes those who commit crimes and settles disputes, as well as how criminal and civil cases reach court and are resolved. They will learn about the courtroom and the basics of a typical court case. Students will learn about constitutional rights and legal safeguards, as well as how technology has changed the practice of law. They will also learn about legal education and careers in law for attorneys and non-attorneys with an interest in the field.

  • The Law: Origins and Structure: This unit focuses on the origins of law in the United States and the structure of the U.S. legal system, so students understand the basis of the current legal structure.
  • The Courtroom and the Case: This unit explores the people and procedures involved in legal cases.
  • Contemporary Law Topics: This unit focuses on two areas of law relevant today—civil rights and the use of technology in law enforcement and throughout the legal system.
  • Evidence and Forensics: This unit focuses on the concepts of evidence and testimony—two ways that parties in a lawsuit provide proof for their side of the case.
  • Post-secondary Legal Education and Careers in the Legal Field: This unit focuses on legal education and careers in the legal field.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
Course Length: Semester