New Classes begin August 22, 2018 9:00 A.M.

1. Law 101
2. Western Civilization 350 B.C. to 1600 A.D.
3. Speech and Presentation

1. Beginning August 22 9:00 AM – Law 101 “Little Lawyers”

Part One is a one semester, nine- week class. Assignments will be graded. A report card for records will be issued upon parental request. This class will increase the child’s ability to speak, read and write, analyze information and present reasonable conclusions. It will also give a basic grounding to legal terms, ideas and the functions of law presented at the child’s level of understanding and apprehension.

Week One: Introductions and Definitions
Week Two: Briefing cases and the formation of a Contract.
Week Three: The Difference Between Civil Law and Criminal Law
Week Four: Evidence
Week Five: Courts, Civil Procedure and Jurisdiction
Week Six: The Constitution of the United States of America
Week Seven: To Prepare and Argue a Case, Part I
Week Eight: To Prepare and Argue a Case, Part II
Week Nine: Conclusions, written and verbal testing and grades

There are a few subjects that everyone should know a little about before they are ready for the world. English, math, the sciences, sure. But really? Law. They will act and interact with the law, law makers, law enforcement, city codes, lawsuits and legal language for the rest of their lives and the sooner they start to learn it, the better.

Here, law is a foundational science to a proper understanding of human society. It is the rules of being one of “we the people”. Whether it’s having read and understood the United States Constitution or a simple understanding of rights, contracts and basic freedoms its all in the law.

Our introduction to law class covers:

Vocabulary: The most basic and necessary grasp of any special subject is found in understanding its vocabulary. Lawyers get paid a lot because they know it and you don’t. So, important terms have a different meaning in law than they do in common language. Contract, civil procedure, court, brief, filing, evidence, corporation, criminal law, property, estate, and many others each have a peculiar meaning and specific legal definition that every kid should know (along with how to spell it correctly).

Reading: It seems like a small thing but legal people read in a different way. Their rules for reading, analyzing  and understanding a text are different from those in other fields. Learning to read a case is exquisitely important and changes one’s method for study and presentation. In law, understanding legally relevant facts, being able to find them while casting aside many seemingly important, but legally irrelevant facts is not only necessary in understanding a case, but it sets the mind on a different course; one that will be beneficial for the rest of ones life.

Writing: The way legal people write is so different, it can easily seem like another language, but that language is incredibly important and can be learned. It is a careful, reasonable, convincing method that makes them strong in presentation. It is persuasive but never reducible to opinion. It is always backed up with evidence. That’s why it’s so hard to win an argument with a lawyer; they’re trained to present powerful arguments honed to powerful effects.

Speaking: Do you remember: Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Adams, Jefferson and Madison? All of them were trained in law. Their rhetorical style and presentation was not the common wisdom of the well spoken man of the street, but the speech of the hallowed halls of the church and the state. They had to make, difficult speeches, over and over, until it became a second nature to them, and easy. To learn to speak, one must have the opportunity to speak, and something worth speaking about. A legal training is historically speaking, the most powerful means toward real learning and great future endeavors.