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Course Description

BUSINESS LAW

Grade Levels: 11-12


 

Business Law provides the basic foundations of law as it relates to business. The origin of the law, ethics, the structure of the court systems, procedural and employment law, and legislation that applies real and personal property are all studied within this course. Business Law will equip the student with a working knowledge of the law as it is applied to various legal situations that are encountered in personal and business situations.

 

Competency

Objectives

Chapter

Method of Assessment (other than Teacher Made Tests)

  1. Investigate the evolution of law and determine the need for laws.

a.       Distinguish between the limitations and powers of federal government as outlined by the Constitution.

 

1, 2, & 6

(1st 9 wks)

 

 

b.       Examine basic freedoms secured by the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional Amendments.

1

(1st 9 wks)

Project "Bill of Rights"

(Checklist)

 

c.       Analyze how courts make laws.

 

1, 2

(1st 9 wks)

Trace law enacted in last two years from inception to final implementation. (Checklist)

  1. Distinguish between ethical and unethical conduct.

 

a.       Identify ethical/unethical characteristics and discuss consequences of unethical conduct.

1-7

(1st 9 wks)

Students will be list of situations and will debate on whether they are ethical or unethical. (Rubric)

 

b.       Identify situations that might be ethically questionable.

1-7

(1st 9 wks)

Same as above.

  1. Interpret structures of court systems.

 

a.       Categorize cases within the levels of court systems.

 

1, 2, & 3

(1st 9 wks)

Students will prepare an organizational chart for federal, state, and local court systems. (Rubric)

 

b.       Analyze the role of various court systems.

 

1, 2, & 3

(1st 9 wks)

Students will be given a list of cases and have to classify them as to what court has jurisdiction. (Checklist)

 

c.       Simulate court procedures.

(2nd  9 wks)

Mock Trial (Checklist)

  1. Differentiate between procedural and substantive law.

a.       Discuss terms related to litigation.

 

2

(1st 9 wks)

Field Trip to observe court proceedings.  Students will prepare a two page paper on their experience.  (Rubric)

 

b.       List/explain advantages and disadvantages of arbitration, mediation, and conciliation.

2

(1st 9 wks)

Same as above

 

c.    Compare and contrast procedures in civil and criminal cases and describe the appellate process for each.

2

(1st 9 wks)

Same as above

 

d.       Differentiate between tort and crime, give examples of each, and describe remedies/penalties available.

4 & 9

(4-1st  9 wks)

(9-2nd 9 wks)

Same as above

5.    Examine the principles of agency and employment law.

 

a.       Discuss the rights and duties of employees and business owners.

20 & 21

(2nd  9 wks)

 

Debate and/or Role-play situations provided by teacher dealing with employment. (Teacher/Student Checklist)

 

b.       Analyze legislation that regulates employee rights, conditions, benefits, and testing (i.e., age in Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Worker's Compensation, Title VII).

21

(2nd  9 wks)

Same as above

6.    Distinguish between real and personal property.

a.    Distinguish among real, personal, and intellectual property and fixtures, and explain why property distinctions are important.

17 & 34

(2nd  9 wks)

See below

 

b.       Analyze responsibilities of common carriers.

17

(2nd  9 wks)

See below

 

c.       Compare and contrast rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.

 

33

(2nd  9 wks)

Display lease and have students classify rights of tenants & landlords.

(Checklist)

In addition to the above classroom projects, students will be required to keep a Justice Journal.  The journal will be used for daily bell ringers, real case evaluations, and case law research.

Grading Policy

Grades will come from chapter tests, classroom projects, and your justice journal.  Please note that the Justice Journal will count as two test grades.

Supplies Needed

Pencils and binder.