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Pre-Law Syllabus

Pre-Law I

Mr. Eldridge


Introduction to the Course:

Pre-Law I is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the field of law. Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will be able to describe career planning and compliance, foundations of the legal system, organization of the law and public safety system, basic constitutional protections, and types of law. In addition, students will model the professional, moral, and ethical standards required of professionals in the field of law.


Texts of Reference:

United States Constitution, Bill of Rights

Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA)


Units of Study:


Content Covered

Case Brief

Week 1

Course Outline, Influences of Constitutional Thought

Marbury v. Madison

Week 2

Foundations of the Legal System

Tinker v. Des Moines

Week 3

Constitutional Structure & Overview

New Jersey v. TLO

Week 4

Bill of Rights & Application of Legal Rights

Miranda v. Arizona

Week 5

Benchmark 1, Crime Project Guidelines

Mapp v. Ohio

Week 6

Criminal Law & Criminology

Gideon v. Wainwright

Week 7

Crime Project Presentations

Katz v. US

Week 8

Civil & Tort Law, TN Rules of Evidence

Silverthorne Lumber Co. v. US

Week 9


Engel v. Vitale

Week 10

Abnormal Legal Structures

Goss v. Lopez

Week 11

Immigration Law

US v. Wong Kim Ark

Week 12

Law School Week

Multiple Cases

Week 13

Ethics & Legal Careers

New York Times v. Sullivan

Week 14

Career Project Presentations

Citizens United v. FEC

Week 15

Benchmark 2, Mock Trial Guidelines

Terry v. Ohio

Week 16

Mock Trial Discovery, Trial Prep

Texas v. Johnson

Week 17



Week 18

MOCK TRIAL, Final Exam



*****Additional material will be covered relating to current world issues and politics.*****


Teacher Procedures/Expectations:

  • You are expected to be in class every day. If you are excessively absent, phone calls/emails home will be made if needed.
  • Keep the classroom clean and put classroom supplies back where you found them.
  • Please use the restroom during class changes. It is a distraction for you, other students, and the teacher to leave class for the restroom.  You will not be able to leave class to go to the restroom unless it is a dire emergency.
  • If the teacher has made you aware of a test, which is scheduled on a day you are absent, you have the responsibility to make arrangements the following day before or after school to make the missed test up.




             90% - 100% = A         80% - 89% = B           70% - 79% = C           60% - 69% = D

             Below 60% = See me regarding makeup work and tests - but not at the end of the semester!


 Daily Assessments; Chapter Tests= 100 points per quiz/test

 Research Quizzes=25 points per assessment

 Benchmark Tests=100 points per test

 Random Composition Book Checks=100 points per check

 Projects, Class Participation & Daily Assignments= Grade will vary upon assignment (10-500 points)


Make Up Work:             

At the beginning of class on the day you return, you will be expected to turn in any assignments that were collected while you were out. At the end of class, check with me to see what you missed and to pick up handouts, arrange to makeup tests, quizzes, etc. Turn in any missed assignments the next class session. This is your responsibility. Tests and Quizzes will be made up during lunch on the day the teacher assigns.    


***If the student does not contact the teacher for his/her missing work in the time permitted, the student will not receive credit for said assignment. Example: if the child misses two days he/she will have two days to receive make up work.***


 Classroom Rules

  • Be courteous and respectful to those around you. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Be on time to class. Tardiness is very disruptive for you, me, and the other students.
  • Bring all needed materials (folder, paper, pen, and assignments) to class every day!




All classroom rules, expectations, policies and procedures must be followed at all times. Failure to follow these rules, expectations, policies and procedures are followed by the following consequences:
1st offense-VERBAL WARNING


Remind App

I will be using the Remind application for reminders on homework, assessments, projects, upcoming dates, and other pertinent information for the class.  If you would like to receive alerts for Pre-Law, via text messages, send a text message to 81010.  The message should say @cmsprelaw and that will get you set up.