Justice, Law, and Society (JLS) Program of Study

This exciting program is directed to students interested in pursuing law related careers such as law enforcement, homeland security, law, forensics etc. These courses are designed to expose students to the world of law, including criminal law, civil law, constitutional law, and the wide range of professions in the field of justice and law enforcement. The primary goal of this program is for students to leave high school empowered by knowledge of how “the system” works. Below are brief descriptions of the two (2) required courses and a list of electives to meet the four (4) required credits. Upon successful completion of this program the student will be awarded a “Completer Certificate”.

Introduction to Justice, Law, and Society A and B (REQUIRED)

Credit- ½ credit per semester
Description- During this course the following units are explored: Introduction to Law and the Legal System, Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Criminology, The Criminal Mind, Crime Prevention, Gangs, Police Investigations, Law Related Careers, and Consumer Law.

Law and the Administration of Justice A and B (REQUIRED)

Prerequisite- Successful completion of Introduction to Justice, Law, and Society A and B
Credit- ½ credit per semester
Description- During this course major topics include: The History of Law in the United States, Federalism, and the Bill of Rights. During the Bill of Rights unit each of our basic rights is examined including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, rights of the accused, etc.

Electives

  • Sociology
  • AP Psychology
  • Forensic Science
  • AP NSL
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Internship

Special Note

Springbrook is one of only four schools in MCPS, and the only one in the Northeast Consortium, to have this program.