Civil Law Syllabus

Civil Law Syllabus

First assignment:

  1. List 4 important people (positions) in the courtroom and their roles:, if links don’t work, google any four of the following terms: judge, prosecutor, bailiff, defense attorney, plaintiff, defendant, court reporter, jury.
  2. What are the steps in a criminal case? Describe them all in your own words: (this link may or may not work, you can complete the assignment with the first link).
  3. Describe the role of a prosecutor (district attorney), federal prosecutor, and public defenders and the link doesn’t work, google the terms (prosecutor, federal prosecutor, public defenders).
All  homework must be typed.

Chapter Presentations will occur every Thurs. Choose Chapter and partners the first week of class.

Choose: Chapter Presentations

Every Friday.  Bring the article to class and be prepared to discuss it. Print ahead of time. It is due at the start of class. 

COURSE SCOPE: The course emphasizes the rights and duties of private parties and the remedies at law for private wrongs. The class will survey contract law, torts, and family law.



1. To understand the difference between criminal and civil law.

2. To become familiar with the wide range of civil wrongs and remedies covered by tort law.

3. To identify the required elements of an enforceable contract.

4. To identify role of state in child custody cases. Evaluate family law.

5. To become familiar with the methods of dispute resolution.

6. To build research, writing, and vocabulary skills related to the study of law.

7. To explore careers in law.



1. Introduction to civil law and criminal law.

2. Contracts

3. Torts

4. Alternative Dispute Resolution

5. Family Law

6. Law careers



Notebook or Folder for Civil Law only



The quarter grade will be calculated by points. Assessments 50%, Class work and participation 35%, Homework 15%

Final format: multiple choice and essay



Homework is due on its due date. There may be class assignments that will be collected and graded where homework can be used.

Missed assignments should be made up as they serve to enhance your learning. 


Classwork/Homework: You must bring your text to class each day. We will work out of the text on a regular basis. You will have a current event article due each Friday. Be prepared to discuss the facts of the case and your opinion. Homework is 15% & classwork and participation is 35%. Be prepared to share.


You are expected to participate daily…therefore consistent attendance is critical to your grade. Hence if you cut class, you are not allowed to make up the work or tests.

We will also have a Mock Trial in class. You will be required to write a 2 page assessment that will count as your test grade.


Friday C.E. due

Bring the article to class and be prepared to discuss it. Use the template provided. 


Every Friday.  Bring the article to class and be prepared to discuss it. Print ahead of time. It is due at the start of class. You can hand in up to two late current events two weeks before the semester ends. Use the template provided. 


 A current event is due every Friday. You will print articles that relate to law and share them on Fridays (News Day). You do not have to write a summary every Friday but be prepared to share. The first couple of weeks of school you will use the Current Event Template to complete this written assignmentThen we will switch to sharing orally only on Fridays (I will let you know when we make this shift.

Mock Trial: There will be a Mock Trial in class. Students will be required to complete a two page assessment of the trial.


Partner Project: Living on Your Own: Due date to be announced


Research Project: Write a 3-5 page paper or prepare a 5 minute original video presentation with a script (rubric to be provided) on a topic of your choice. Outlines are due on 4/25. See sample. Use the chapter topics as a guideline to choose a narrower topic. You will submit on (Final).

Grading Criteria:

Assessments (50 %)

Homework (15%)

Classwork, Projects and Participation (35%)