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Students majoring in Legal Studies acquire a precursory knowledge of the criminal justice system that will enable students to make responsible, informed, and well-reasoned decisions about legal actions, social, and economic implications related to law. This program focuses on application of the law in the areas of Civil Law, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law using both significant historical and modern day cases. Forensics evidence is explored using current law enforcement techniques. This major is valuable to students who will study criminal justice in college and/or pursue a law-related career. Concentrations will include Criminal Justice, Forensics, Pre-law, Paralegal Studies and Law Enforcement.

Recommended Program of Study

Grade 9

  1. English I
  2. Integrated Math I
  3. Integrated Science I
  4. Geography/Civics or AP Geography
  5. Physical Education/Health
  6. Criminal Justice
  7. World Language or Elective
  8. Freshman Seminar

Grade 10

  1. English II
  2. Integrated Math II
  3. Biology
  4. Economics
  5. Physical Ed/Drivers Ed/ 10th Seminar
  6. Psychology and Sociology
  7. Elective
  8. World Language

Grade 11

  1. English III
  2. Integrated Math III
  3. Science course
  4. US History
  5. World Language
  6. Genetics & Forensics
  7. Elective
  8. Elective

Grade 12

  1. English IV
  2. Mathematics class
  3. Military History & Elective
  4. Applied Legal Studies
  5. World History (CP or AP)
  6. Contemporary World Views
  7. Elective
  8. Elective

Additional courses or electives that relate to this major:

Air Force Jr ROTC, World Views, World Cultures

Senior Seminar course for behavioral sciences and legal studies

1. Students will present an entry in the behavior science section of the Delaware State Science Fair;
2. Students will research and present a content analysis paper on a subject matter in the field of sociology;
3. Students will complete a comprehensive criminal justice focused paper on one specific area of crime covering the:

history of the crime, statistical information related to the crime, successful and failed models used to address the crime, and the future of

the crime
4. Case law research paper – Students will choose an area of law and create a comprehensive history and impact of legal decisions shaping the application of those laws in our country.