Boy Scout Merit Badge
- Define "law." Tell some of its sources. Describe functions it serves.
- Discuss two of the following:
- The Justinian Code, The Code of Hammurabi, and the Magna Carta.
- The development of the jury system.
- Two famous trials in history.
- Tell what civil law is; criminal law. Tell the main differences between
them. Give examples of each.
- 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 him about
his responsibilities and duties. Report your findings.
- Tell what a contract is. Must all contracts be in writing? Explain. Tell
about several laws that have been passed to protect the consumer and the
seller. Tell about several organizations there are to help them.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Attend a session of a civil or criminal court. Write 250 words or more
on what you saw.
- Plan and conduct a mock trial with your troop or school class. After the
trial is over, discuss it with the group.
- 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 learned.
||If it is impossible for your
to arrange such a visit, discuss with your counselor the duties and
responsibilities of a lawyer who works for one of the groups listed. |
- Explain the requirements for becoming a lawyer in your state. Describe how
judges are selected in your state.
- Make a list of 15 jobs which deal with some aspect of law or legal
processes. Tell which you prefer. Why?
- Tell where a person 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.
BSA Advancement ID#: 68
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002