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American Studies: Criminal and Civil Justice

This one-semester course introduces students to the criminal and civil justice systems in the United States. The teacher is an experienced trial lawyer.

Subject matter includes: Introduction to the Law and the Legal System (including how to be a lawyer, how disputes are settled, and the court system), Criminal Law and Procedure (including serious crimes and their defenses, and the criminal justice process– investigation, trial, sentencing, and corrections), and Civil Tort Law and Procedure (including responsibility for personal injuries and property damage from wrongful acts such as car accidents and defective products). The final examination is a Mock Trial which is a jury trial that will be conducted to test each student’s skill and knowledge of the law and the legal system. In the Mock Trial, students will act either as a witness, a lawyer, a member of the jury, the court clerk, or the bailiff, with the teacher serving as the judge.


  • Social Studies


UC, CSU, & NCAA Approved




De La Salle


10th, 11th, & 12th grades



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