Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) is the pre-requisite for all other courses within the Career Cluster. This course provides students with career-focused educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program, basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law. Career planning and employability skills will be emphasized.
Essentials of Legal Services is the second course for the Legal Services pathway. This course provides an overview of the judicial process and role in our constitutional system of government. The major focus of the course is on constitutional rights of citizens and the corresponding duties of governmental officials. Students will learn about the role of the United States Supreme Court as the final arbiter of constitutional rights and responsibilities, as well as learning about the legal process in both criminal and civil cases. Students will learn about the various participants and the legal and ethical roles in criminal and civil cases. Students will not only understand these legal concepts, but will be able to apply their knowledge to various scenarios and defend their choices, decisions, and actions. Employability skills will be integrated into the tasks, activities, and projects to demonstrate skills required in legal services careers. The pre-requisites for this course are Introduction to Law, Public Safety, and Corrections and Security.