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  [322] LAW 101Instructor: Kathleen Steed-Luick
Grades: 9th to 12thRoom: Pending
Year: 2019Time: 10:00 AM
Class Size: 3 to 10Prerequisites: None. A Civics or Constitutional Law class would be helpful, but it is not necessary.
Tuition: $36.00 per 4-Class SessionDuration: 1 hour
Student Provided Materials: Primary text: "LAW 101" (2009), by Brien A. Roche, 254 pages, $10 Required Supplemental Readings: "What Are My Rights?: 95 Questions and Answers About Teens & the Law," by T.Jacobs, 199 pgs, $5 "Teens Take It to Court," by T.Jacobs, 209 pgs, $5 "They Broke the Law: True Cases of Teen Crime," by T.Jacobs, 212 pgs, $12 "Teen Cyberbullying Investigated," by T.Jacobs, 173 pgs, $7 "Black's Law Dictionary," $10 Prices are only approximations for what you can expect to pay on
One Time Cost (to teacher) $0.00Cost Description:
Homework: Weekly: reading 20-30 pages, briefing one to two relevant US Supreme Court cases and answering questions, occasionally online videos to watch or articles to read. End of year: research paper, presentation, and Quizlet final.
Skills: Student must read at or above a high school level, have a commitment to read 20-30 pages per week, the ability to copy from the board and take notes, and possess a willingness to read aloud and participate in class activities and discussions. Student must have access to the Internet and the ability to use a word processor for writing assignments.
Class Description: Class shall provide as comprehensive an overview of American jurisprudence as possible in 32 weeks. We will start with a basic understanding of the various levels and divisions of the judiciary: civil, criminal, administrative, state and federal. The curriculum will emphasize practical areas of law that the students may commonly expect to encounter, such as, but not limited to: Constitutional Freedoms, contracts, domestic relations, juvenile, torts, Landlord/Tenant Rights, estates, probate, bankruptcy, real estate, business organizations, employment, insurance, liens. (This list may increase or diminish to suit our time constraints and the strengths & interests of the class members.) We will also cover basic terminology: motions, pleadings, format, defendant, plaintiff, holding, venue, forum, res judicata, trier of fact, standards of proof, evidence, privileges, common law, case law, equity, bench warrant, res ipsa loquitur, bailiff, clerk, conflict of law, choice of law, sua sponte, pro bono publico, ex parte, RCW/WAC (Revised Code of Washington/Washington Administrative Code), et al. Homework will primarily consist of weekly reading assignments with written questions to facilitate in class discussions, as well as online quizzes & final, a research paper and presentation. On occasion, we will use supplemental online videos and articles to aid comprehension and retention of material. Please note: this class is not intended as a substitute for consultation with a legal counselor about any specific personal legal issues presented by students, nor will the instructor be offering legal advice. NOTE: Towards the end of the school year, we will discuss some cases with mature themes &/or distressing fact patterns that may be troubling for some students. Parents will be notified before potentially difficult topics will be introduced and may wish to review the material in advance or attend class with their student.