1999-10-23 / Columnists

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Beach Channel High School

Beginning in September, 2000 Beach Channel High School will be offering incoming students the opportunity to enroll in the Law and Justice Institute.

This four year program, which will be part of the Social Studies Department, will present to the students the opportunity to study the history of development of legal systems throughout history with a focus point on the American justice system.

The program will consist of two themes: the history of legal systems on a global basis; and the development of the American justice system. The first theme will be incorporated with the existing NYS curriculum in Global History (ninth and 10 grades). Students will study non-American cultures through a focal point of law and justice. The second theme will be approached through a variety of required and elective courses which will give the students the background for the NYS regents examination in American History and Government as well as an introduction to law and the judicial
system of America. This program will culminate with the students active participation in the full scale courtroom and chambers that are located in school itself. Participants of the Law and Justice Institute will take part in student government programs, internships in the field of law, and in the operation of a student court that will actually hear cases involving students concerns.

Courses of Study:

Ninth grade: Global History I and II: A Legal Perspective. Students will cover the first year of Global History with an emphasis on the
legal and judicial systems that existed in this time period.

Tenth grade: Global History III and IV: A Legal Perspective. Students will continue to cover the second year of Global History with an emphasis on the legal and judicial systems arising during the period from the Age of Enlightenment to the present day.

Eleventh grade: American History and Government. Students will cover the NYS curriculum with a focus on the development of the American Justice System, Constitutional Law, and State Law In addition, students will be enrolled in two elective classes, Constitutional Issues (fall term), and Criminology (spring term).

Twelfth grade: Participation in Government and Economics (Required) Street Law. Introduction to laws and legal procedures for consumers, homeowners, minors, etc. The right to pursue legal courses of action will be discussed. The Courtroom Experience: Hands-on experience working in the Beach Channel High School courtroom; handling the student court, adjudicating cases within the student codes of behavior.


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