Pre-Law Curriculum for the Sixth Grade
These courses are drafted to create a strong background and knowledge base for the student to explore a career in the legal field in America to a range of degrees.
The American Federal System
This course will present to the students the powers specific to the federal government, specific to the state government and those specific to both. The goal is to have the student understand where these powers are different and where they overlap as well. Students will be forced to consider how the people are able to maintain their sovereignty within this system and the importance of doing so.
State and Local Government
Presents the constitutional background for the state and local government while putting an emphasis on the overlap of the states and their subdivisions along with the goals of both state and local politics. Students will be encouraged to look for instances where their state government ends and their federal government begins to foster a better understanding of the division between them and the reasons behind this.
1.3 American Public Policy
This class describes the procedures for creating agenda, along with the creation and development of policies in the country regarding land, health care and social services.
Goals: To make students aware of the current policies in America and to appreciate how they are shaped and impacted.
Section Two: American History
2.1 U.S. History until 1877
This course describes the European impacts upon the explorers and the period of exploration. A deeper level of exploration of the colonial, revolutionary and federal periods will be presented along with the fashion, cultural and social changes that went along with these periods. Furthermore, the regional rivalries which led to the civil war are also assessed. The entire Civil War is presented along with the social issues and other such repercussions that are still being felt today. A particular focus would be put on the development...
Constitution along with the early political system. A brief over-view of how economics functioned during this time will also be engaged in.
2.2 U.S. History post 1877.
Describes the post-Civil War period along with the Industrial period, and how the nation developed into a world power. The major world wars are then assessed along with their precursors and repercussions. The Korean and Vietnam War are discussed and the development of urban life in the world is also discussed with a comparison of the modern urban society both then and now. The notion of a New World Order is presented and discussed.
2.3 The Origins and Evolution of the U.S. Constitution
The development of the U.S. Constitution is discussed as it developed from the 1700s to now and how the social and political conditions of the time impacted this legal document. Judicial appointments and how they influence the Supreme Court also have an influence on modern society and future society.
Elective: The Science of Politics
Introduces the student to the study of political science, including the concept of how politics can even be a science. This course acquaints students with human behavior and how that manifests in politics along with certain research tools. Presents the function of politics, authority patterns, the need for citizenship and political change in general. The objective would be to create a strong understanding of American institutions and procedures along with their adjacent political systems in America.
Elective: The United States as a World Power.
Section Three: Law as a field of study
3.1 Law, Ethics and Society
Describes law and the legal system at large, along with what case law is and how to engage in the analysis and ethical consideration of the world at large. The court system is looked at, as is the difference between the courts,…
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