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Law and Government Career Achievement Award (Law Exploring Post)

  • Complete 50 hours of community service.
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  • Complete any 9 career achievements.
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    • 1.

      Learn the definition of law. Tell some of its sources. What are the sources of United States law and your state’s law? Describe functions of the court system.

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      Make a presentation to your Club/Post or another group covering the Code of Hammurabi, the Justinian Code, and the Magna Carta.

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      Make a presentation to your Club/Post or another group covering the development of the jury system.

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      Make a presentation to your Club/Post or another group covering two famous trials in history.

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      Visit an attorney or judge. Find out about civil law and criminal law and the main differences between them. Ask for examples of each. Ask the attorney or judge about his or her career, work schedule, and educational background.

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      Ask five people (not more than one from your immediate family) about the role of law enforcement officers in our society. Go to a law enforcement officer in your neighborhood and ask him or her about his or her responsibilities and duties. Discuss your findings with your Club/Post, class, or another group.

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      Learn how to make or write a legal contract. Learn about laws that have been passed to protect consumers and sellers. Find out the name of at least three organizations that help protect consumers.

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      Visit a civil or criminal court. Write 250 words or more on what you saw

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      Plan and conduct a mock trial with your Club/Post, a community group, a school class, or another youth group. After the trial is over, discuss it with the group.

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      Arrange a visit with a lawyer who works for a business, bank, title company, or government. Find out his or her duties and responsibilities. Report what you learn to your Club/Post, a school class, or another community youth group.

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      Find out the requirements for becoming a lawyer in your state.

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      Describe how judges are selected in your state.

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      Make a tabletop display highlighting at least 15 jobs that deal with some aspect of law or legal processes. Note which you prefer and why. Display at a Club/Post meeting or in another public place.

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      Visit your city, county, or other municipality manager to find out the service he or she oversees. Ask about relationships with the elected leadership. Ask about budgets and expenditures. Ask about the educational background of the manager.

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