This course is a one-semester elective designed to give students a look at civil and criminal law in the United States from a pragmatic, every-day life viewpoint. Students will learn about the American criminal and judicial systems, their rights and responsibilities, and how the law functions with regard to everyday scenarios, such as traffic stops, malpractice lawsuits, and arrest procedures. Students will analyze case studies, participate in simulations, and hear from experts in the field. The class will culminate in a mock trial in which students will act as lawyers and witnesses arguing a case based on real-world events. This course is open to students in 11th and 12th grade. (Semester, .50 credit)