Law Pathway

INTRODUCTION TO LAW (SS9169) 0.5 credit

Introduction to Law explores multiple legal disciplines including attorneys, clerks, paralegals, bailiffs, probation officers, etc. Students will learn about the skills and tasks most required of multiple legal professions (debates, group tasks, research, and role-play exercises), in order to assess whether they themselves would be suited to such careers in the future.  The Introduction to Law course will incorporate the school’s Mock Trial team.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CRIME AND POLICE SCIENCE (SS9189) 0.5 credit                

This course is designed to be a second course in the Law Pathway in the BASD. This class will explore what constitutes crime and criminal behavior in our society and the measures taken, by law enforcement, to prevent these behaviors. Students will study Criminology: Types of crimes, Theories of criminal behavior, Victimization (Lifestyle Theory), Principles of Criminal law, Basic elements of a crime, Responsibilities of criminal acts (defenses) and Procedural Criminal law (Due Process rights). Students will also study American Law Enforcement with a brief history of policing, emphasizing the 4 eras of American Policing and Federalism.


American Legal System will open with an overview of the American Judicial System. It will emphasize the Sources of law, Concept of Federalism, the Constitution, the Organization of the American Court system and the Supreme Court and the many landmark decisions that impact our society.

SOCIAL JUSTICE (SS9229) 1.0 credit

This course is designed to be the third course in the Law Pathway in the BASD. This class will explore the interaction of law and law enforcement with social policy, media, identity, and social mobilization. Students will explore criminal justice institutions and practices in social context with a specific anti-racism lens. Students will answer, “How should culture influence law and law enforcement and vice versa?” Topics covered in this course include: Youth, Justice, and Culture; Punishment, Culture, and Society; Human Rights and Technology; Anti-Racism, Psychology of Diversity, & the Law.


This course is designed to be the capstone course of the Law Pathway. This course seeks to help students become more involved citizens in their local, state, and national communities through both classroom experiences and direct community involvement. The course will focus on the investigation of current events/issues with a heavy emphasis on community experiences. Students will be encouraged to plan, develop, and lead a project to affect real change in their communities.