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* '''2b''': [ History of the Jury System]
* '''2b''': [ History of the Jury System]
* '''2c''':[ Famous Trials]
* '''2c''': [ Famous Trials]
:: [ Information on the Scopes "Monkey" Trial]
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** [ Information on the Miranda v. Arizona Trial]
* '''3''': [ Civil Law] & [ Criminal Law]
* '''3''': [ Civil Law] & [ Criminal Law]
:: [ Differences between civil law and criminal law]
:: [ Differences between civil law and criminal law]

Revision as of 12:29, August 14, 2008

Law merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1974
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 068
Requirements revision: 2003
Latest pamphlet revision: 2002


For the Scout Law, see Scout Law.

Law requirements

  1. Define "law." Tell some of its sources. Describe functions it serves.
  2. Discuss TWO of the following:
    a. Justinian’s Code, The Code of Hammurabi, and the Magna Carta.
    b. The development of the jury system.
    c. Two famous trials in history.
  3. Tell what civil law is; tell what criminal law is. Tell the main differences between them. Give examples of each.
  4. Ask five people (not more than one from your immediate family) about the role of law enforcement officers in our society. Discuss their answers with them. Go to a law enforcement officer in your neighborhood and ask about his or her responsibilities and duties. Report your findings.
  5. Tell about several laws that were passed to protect the consumer and the seller. Tell about several organizations that provide help to consumers and sellers.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Attend a session of a civil or criminal court. Write 250 words or more on what you saw.
    b. Plan and conduct a mock trial with your troop or school class. After the trial is over, discuss it with the group.
  7. Arrange a visit with a lawyer who works for a business, bank, title company, or government agency. Find out his or her duties and responsibilities. Report what you have learned.
  8. Explain the requirements for becoming a lawyer in your state. Describe how judges are selected in your state.
  9. Make a list of 15 jobs that deal with some aspect of law or legal processes. Tell which you prefer. Why?
  10. Tell where people can go to obtain the help of a lawyer if they are unable to pay for one. Tell what you can do if you can afford a lawyer but do not know of any in your area.
  11. Discuss with your counselor the importance in our society of TWO of the following areas of the law:
    a. Environmental law
    b. Computers and the Internet
    c. Copyright and the Internet
    d. Space travel and satellites orbiting Earth
    e. Patents
    f. Biotechnology
    g. Privacy law
    h. International law

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
2018 Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #Not at 3Feb2018)

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Requirement resources

Sources of Law
Justinian Code   Another source
Magna Carta   What is the Magna Carta?
Differences between civil law and criminal law

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