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To be able to complete a merit badge during Pathways to Eagle the preparation work MUST be completed BEFORE and turned in at the START of the merit badge session.

 

Due to the shortness of the sessions, teaching is not possible. The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements.

 

The availability of a Merit Badge session will be based on the actual availability of Merit Badge counselors on the day of the event.

Law   Law     Law

This Merit Badge requires 1 session to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Law merit badge are: 4,  6,  9

  • Items in RED - MUST be completed before the session starts to make it possible to complete the merit badge at Pathways to Eagle. Bring proof of completion (item, written work, note, photo, etc.)
  • Items in GREEN - Can be completed before the session starts or done during merit badge session.
  • Items in BLACK - MUST be ready to demonstrate your knowledge of these requirements during the merit badge session.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use a Merit Badge worksheet to show that they have done the preparation work for the merit badge. Download the workbook for the Law Merit Badge in Adobe PDF format from the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.
Scouts MUST be able to discuss any items completed as preparation works or as written work. Note: Some requirements contain items that fall into more that one category and are listed as the higher category.
 
1. 
 
Define "law." Tell some of its sources. Describe functions it serves.
 
2. 
 
Discuss TWO of the following:
a.  Justinian's 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 aspects 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) Immigration (e) Patents (f) Biotechnology (g) Privacy law (h) International law
 
The requirements listed on this web site are believed to be correct.
The official requirements can be found in the current edition of
"Boy Scout Requirements Book 2024"

Download the workbook for the Law Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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