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Ch 8: Criminal Law in the U.S.: Intro to Criminal Justice Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Criminal Law in the U.S. chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the foundations of U.S. criminal law in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Criminal Law in the U.S. chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday History of American law English common law, case law, statutes and lawmakers
Tuesday Nature, purpose and rule of law Johnson vs. State (1967) example
Wednesday Private and public law Compare those affected by private and public law
Thursday Civil vs. criminal law Felony crimes and misdemeanors
Friday Procedural and substantive law Due process, 14th Amendment rights, substance of charges, no contest plea and plea bargain

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: Criminal Law in the U.S.: Intro to Criminal Justice Lesson Plans
American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law

1. American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law

Our modern American law system is based on centuries of English principles regarding right and wrong. This English common law system combines with U.S. case decisions and statutes to form what we know as law. This lesson examines the origins and definitions associated with the American law system.

What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

2. What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

Rule of law takes on several meanings. On one hand, it means that no person or government is above the law. In another, it means that no government or its officials can enforce laws that are unfair or unjust.

Public Law vs. Private Law: Definitions and Differences

3. Public Law vs. Private Law: Definitions and Differences

The simple difference between public and private law is in those that each affects. Public law affects society as a whole, while private law affects individuals, families, businesses and small groups.

Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Definitions and Differences

4. Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Definitions and Differences

There are two main classifications of law. Criminal laws regulate crimes, or wrongs committed against the government. Civil laws regulate disputes between private parties. This lesson explains the main differences between criminal and civil law.

Substantive Law vs. Procedural Law: Definitions and Differences

5. Substantive Law vs. Procedural Law: Definitions and Differences

Substantive law and procedural law work together to ensure that in a criminal or civil case, the appropriate laws are applied and the proper procedures are followed to bring a case to trial. In this lesson, we'll discuss the differences between the two and how they relate to the legal system as a whole.

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