Business Law - Criminal Law Case Research Project

Lesson Topic:

Business Law Criminal Research Case Presentation

Lesson Description:

Choose a criminal case and develop a presentation for class.

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

Students will differentiate between categories of crime, identify potential penalties, and determine several defenses to criminal acts.

Nebraska Standards:

BMM.HS.4.25.f - Analyze the relationship between ethics and the law.

Teacher Planning:

Plan to teach criminal law from the textbook or materials that you use to teach the subject matter. I use this as a project to encourage the students to research a criminal case that interests them personally.

Equipment/Materials/Software Needed:

Computers for student research use. We have one on one computers so students can do this and keep their work with them.

Time Required for Lesson:

Present the lesson, go over requirements, answer questions, allow students time to work. I use one class period for research and presentation preparation. A second and possibly a  third class for their presentations to the class.



Technology Use:

Software: My students use PowerPoint for their presentations.

Hardware: Computers

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Teach criminal law concepts from your textbook or classroom curriculum

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

By allowing them to pick the case they want to present, they will need to research several cases before making a selection. This introduces them to multiple case scenarios.

Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

Please refer to the attached handout for the students.

Closure: NA

Assessment :

The paper will be graded as follows:

                        What happened in the case?                                    15 points

                        What was the outcome of the case?                        10 points

                        Your opinion of the case                              5 points

                        Total points for paper                               30 points

 Points for the PowerPoint and presentation to class 70 points

Slides that need to be included: The information from above.

Introduction of case and your name

Case Facts                                                                              10 Points

Charges                                                                                  10 Points

Sentence                                                                                10 Points

Pictures                                                                                  10 Points

Details of the case                                                                 10 Points

People involved                                                                     10 Points

Interesting information                                                        10 Points

 Total Business Law Research Project is 100 points = a test score 

Business Law – Criminal Law Case Research Project by Gwen Davidson of Hastings Public Schools | CC BY NC SA

Supplemental Information:


Feel free to change the assignment according to your needs.

Safety Precautions:

I have asked students not to cover a case if it was a local case that would impact students in my classroom.

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)



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