• 2019-2020 Law Education Syllabus

    Powdersville High

    Coach Nimmer

    Room 431


    Contact Information

    • Email: nimmers@apps.anderson1.org


    Course Description

    Law Education is a semester class designed to introduce students to the basic laws in America and how they relate to the everyday lives of citizens.  In this class students will be introduced to both criminal and civil law with a focus on criminal law as it relates to the American legal system.

    Classroom Policies


    Students should also bring a pencil and paper to class every day.  Tests will be scored on a scantron so be sure to have a pencil that the grading machine can read.  STUDENTS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A CHARGED CHROMEBOOK.  A majority of the daily grades we have this semester will be on the Chromebooks.


    • Grading Scale:
      • A= 90-100
      • B= 80-89
      • C= 70-79
      • D= 60-69
      • F= 0-59
    • Course Grading System
      • Major Grades (Tests and Projects)= 60%
      • Minor Grades (Quizzes, class work, and homework)= 40%

    Make-up Work

    If a student is out for any reason, he/she should come to me before class begins on his/her first day back.  I will make arrangements to ensure that the student is able to complete the work.

    From the school’s handbook:

    “Teachers may accept late homework with a 60 being the highest possible grade. Major assessments will be accepted late, with a 10-point penalty per class period, with the highest grade of 60.  No late work will be accepted after grades are submitted for storage in PowerSchool.”

    Retake Policy

    College prep students who score below a 60 on a major assessment are eligible to retake that assessment with a maximum score of 60.  Students who retest must take the test within two weeks from the time the grade is posted or distributed to students (unless an alternate arrangement is made with the teacher). Teachers may require certain assignments be completed or students to attend tutoring prior to retaking the test. Teachers may create a test which is different from the original. The format of the test is solely in the discretion of the teacher.

    Restroom Policy

    School rules allow students three restroom passes per nine weeks.  Students should raise their hands and ask to use the restroom.  NO MORE THAN ONE STUDENT CAN BE OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AT ONE TIME.  Students are not permitted to leave the class for personal, non-medical reasons during class time.  This includes, but is not limited to, seeing other teachers, using the phone, etc.  These activities can be done during lunch or other free time in the student’s schedule.

    Classroom Procedures

    • Enter the classroom quietly and be seated.
    • Bring appropriate materials to class.
    • Follow instructions the first time they are given.
    • Leave the area around your desk cleaner than you found it.

    Classroom Rules

    • Do not talk when the teacher or another student is talking.
    • Do not talk during announcements
    • No food or drinks are allowed in class.
    • Cell phones should be turned off and out of sight.


    • Verbal warning
    • Verbal warning / parent notification
    • Office referral

    Units of Study

    Unit 1: Introduction to the Legal System and Crime

    Unit 2: Crimes Against People

    Unit 3: Crimes against Property

    Unit 4: Criminal Defenses

    Unit 5: Criminal Justice Process and Trials

    Unit 6: Sentencing and Corrections

    Final Exam

    • Review: (TBD)
    • Exams: December 16-20