ERIC Number: ED191769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Our Legal Heritage: A Case Approach. Bulletin No. 14.
Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery. Div. of Instructional Services.
This booklet, intended for use with junior high school students, contains background readings on specific areas of the legal system and case studies of authentic court decisions relevant to each area. The purpose of the booklet is to introduce students to the influence of law on everyday life and to make them aware of the legal heritage and legal system of the United States. The booklet begins with a history of U.S. law. This history includes a discussion of how customs became law, the laws and customs of England, how English law was carried to Virginia, the first legal code, first representative government, how the court system was created, the Pilgrims law, how England violated the legal rights of the colonies, the establishment of the Confederate government, and the Constitutional Convention. Following the history, eight specific areas of the legal system are defined, explained and illustrated: constitutional law, torts, property, contracts, family and juvenile law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and corrections. Following the discussion of each area authentic court decisions are described. The facts of the case and the decision of the court are provided for each. The guide concludes with a glossary of legal terms, a bibliography and addendum containing charts, and facsimilies of legal documents. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery. Div. of Instructional Services.
Identifiers: United States
Note: Addendum will not reproduce from EDRS in paper copy due to small print type of original document.