LAW
Students in the law pathway will become effective and articulate debaters. Courses in public speaking, law, and psychology will allow students to better understand how to formulate and structure an effective argument, whether in written or oral form. Students will benefit from guest speakers and mentors from a wide variety of the legal field, including private practice, public service, and non-profits. Field trips to courts and internship opportunities provide experience far beyond the confines of a classroom.  Students will also be able to participate in our award-winning Mock Trial team as well as participate in Stanford’s annual debate tournament.

 

 

 

Intro to Global Leadership (1 Semester, Freshman Year)

This course gives students the foundational tools used throughout the Institute of Global Leadership. Students will learn about the model of ethical servant-leadership. Additionally, students will become aware of their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Exposure to each of the two Global Leadership pathways (business and law) will allow students to explore which areas they are most interested in. Outstanding guest speakers will provide real-world leadership examples.

Speech and Debate (2 Semesters, Sophomore Year)

This course introduces the students to a variety of styles of public speaking and formal debate. Through research and practice students will become familiar with these styles through instruction, research, and practice. Each unit will culminate in performance assignments that require students to demonstrate their abilities within the classroom setting. Opportunities to take their knowledge to competition at the local and state level will be made available to students.

AP Psychology (2 Semesters, Junior Year)

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. A high performance on the AP Exam may earn students college credit.

AP Human Geography (2 Semesters, Junior Year)

AP Human Geography introduces students to college-level introductory human geography or cultural geography. The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main sub-fields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction.

Capstone #1 (1 Semester, Spring of Junior Year)

The capstone course is a student-directed self-study project where students work with teachers and mentors in relevant fields on a learning experience, aimed at a SMART (specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound) goal. Students are challenged to design and create their own learning experience by pursuing an area of interest. Teachers provide student-centered guidance and support. At the conclusion of the experience, students will present their results in our signature OCS Global Leadership Summit.

Capstone #2 (1 Semester, Fall of Senior Year)

The capstone course is a student-directed self-study project where students work with teachers and mentors in relevant fields on a learning experience, aimed at a SMART (specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound) goal. Students are challenged to design and create their own learning experience by pursuing an area of interest. Teachers provide student-centered guidance and support. At the conclusion of the experience, students will present their results in our signature OCS Global Leadership Summit.

AP Comparative Government and Politics (2 Semesters, Senior Year)

AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students compare the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues by examining how different governments solve similar problems. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.

Constitutional Law (1 Semester, Senior Year)

This course provides an introduction to the United States Constitution. Topics to be covered include: constitutional interpretation, the function of judicial review, the role of the states and the federal government in the federal structure, and the allocation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Students will learn how to apply the law to practical scenarios. The class will feature guest speakers such as lawyers and judges, along with a field trip to the California Supreme Court to watch oral arguments.

Business Law (1 Semester, Senior Year)

Business Law is a survey of the American legal system designed to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of business law. Classes are conducted by using text and actual case studies for the purpose of observing the development and application of legal principles in a business activity. Topics covered include the nature of law, courts and court procedures, crimes and torts, contracts, sales, and negotiable instruments.