ERIC Number: ED179464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The American Legal System: A Field Study Approach.
Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.
The document presents an outline for a high school legal education program which emphasizes field experiences. The program is called the American Legal System Satellite Center, and is designed to provide students with experiential knowledge of the functions, procedures, and facets of law; to expose them to a wide range of law-related career opportunities; and to develop social studies skills. The course is divided into ten units and covers topics such as the functions of law, structure of the legal system, courtroom procedure, the criminal justice system, sources of law, tort law, civil procedure, contracts and consumer law, family law, regulatory and beneficial law, and the limits of law. Each unit offers readings and references for both students and teachers; lists community resources such as courts, penal institutions, and law-making bodies; and suggests possible teaching and field activities using these resources. Some possible speakers and multimedia materials are listed. The final unit is a mock trial and contains all the material necessary for the activity. Appendices suggest internship opportunities, research projects utilizing community resources, worksheet/study guides, resources for speakers, legal services available in Milwaukee, bibliographies for students and teachers, and lists of law-related filmstrips and films. (CK)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.