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LAW MERIT BADGE

 

 

The Law Merit Badge is not as difficult as one might think, it gives a great introduction to Scouts that might be interested in Law or just learning a little more about Law; much can be done online

If you like the Law Merit Badge, consider also doing American Heritage.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday January 10, 2015

Plymouth, MN

 

6 Scouts

Saturday November 9, 2013

Minneapolis, MN

 

9 Scouts

Saturday March 9, 2013

Osseo, MN

 

5 Scouts

Saturday February 9, 2013

Richfield, MN

 

8 Scouts

Saturday January 9, 2010

Richfield, MN

 

11 Scouts

 

 

 

Created:

1974

 

 

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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS

source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition

 

1. Define "law". Tell some of its sources. Describe functions it serves.

 

2. Discuss TWO of the following:

a. The Justinian 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

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015