High Law Studies
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How do law and the U.S. legal system affect your daily life? In this course, you will examine aspects of the foundations of the U.S. legal system as well as different types of law including civil, criminal, family, and consumer law. You will analyze key principles underlying law such as justice and how the state and federal court systems work to fulfill these principles. This course provides elective credit.
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Course description: https://cpalms.org/PreviewCourse/Preview/4648
Note: This course provides elective credit only.
Module One—Basics of U.S. Law
Identify the basics of U.S. law
Explore U.S. law and legal systems
Examine how laws are created
Identify the levels of court systems, types of courts, and the role of the courts
Identify the U.S. Constitution and its amendments as the supreme law of the land, the framework for government and all laws
Examine the relationships between morality, rights, and the legal system
Evaluate modern case scenarios based on legislation and precedent
Module Two—Civil and Criminal Law
Compare criminal and civil law
Identify the steps in criminal law procedures and the rights of the accused in criminal law procedures
Examine the meaning of justice as it applies to criminal law
Define terms and concepts associated with tort law, also known as civil law
Describe the roles of individuals, organizations, and different branches of government in law reform
Module Three—Consumer and Family Law
Identify?consumer rights and responsibilities
Recognize that marriage is part of family law and represents a binding contract in the U.S. legal system
Recognize how the U.S. legal system supports and enforces parental duties
Examine other family matters addressed and supported by U.S. law and the legal system
Module Four—Special Topics in Law
Identify means of acquiring legal U.S. citizenship and related requirements and the agencies that administer U.S. immigration policy
Define intellectual property, copyright, patent, and trademark and identify modern issues in intellectual property law
Identify juvenile law and the goals of the juvenile legal system
Define public health law
Identify government policies and programs related to the workplace
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***
***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.
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Pursuant to s. 1002.20, F.S.; A public school student whose parent makes written request to the school principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, in accordance with the provisions of s. 1003.42(3). Learn more about the process and which courses contain subject matter where an exemption request can be made.