Social Studies

Who is the Plaintiff? Legal Basics 101

In this one-time class, students will learn basic legal terminology employed in the U.S. judicial system.
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90 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
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Class Experience

In this one-time workshop, students will familiarize themselves with terms and concepts, like: 
- Who is the plaintiff?  The defendant?  The Judge?
- What’s the difference between the trial court, the appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court? 
- When do cases reach the Supreme Court?  
- Why do we have a Supreme Court, and what’s a tripartite system of government? 
- What’s the difference between state and federal court?
- What's a “dissenting opinion”? 

The first thirty minutes of class will be "background," learning the above topics through interactive discussion and presentation.  Next, the class will spend thirty minutes "spotting" the key players with the instructor.  This includes reviewing excerpts of cases and identifying the plaintiff, defendant, judge, date, dissent, and court.  Our last thirty minutes will be spent applying the material. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
It's important to note that, in every lawsuit, a plaintiff has been "wronged."  This might mean that some cases we discuss in class involve scenarios where the plaintiff was hurt, killed, or racially or sexually discriminated against.  This will not be the focus of the class and the instructor will not discuss the details or specifics of a particular defendant's conduct.  At most, students will discuss the "facts" of the case in a summary fashion.


About Me

I am an attorney located in Washington, DC.  I love working with and motivating children.  I believe in the tremendous power of positive adult role models and motivating youth to think about the future.  I believe the future is something that we... 
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