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| This is the Law merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.|
For the Scout Law, see Scout Law.
|Law merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||068|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2003|
|“||Earning this merit badge enables a Scout to learn about the history and kinds of laws, the purpose and methods of law enforcement, consumer protection agencies, emerging law, and careers in the legal profession.||”|
Law merit badge requirements
1. The Law Frederic Bastiat's classic and comprehensive work.
American Law Source A practical guide showing where various laws come from.
Definition, Overview, History, etc.
Definition of "Law"
2a. The Justinian Code An extensive unit from the UWy Law School.
The Justinian Code A teacher’s seminar highlighting the Story of Human Rights in the World.
The Code of Hammurabi With commentary.
The Code of Hammurabi WSU’s translation (their study guide here).
The Magna Carta from the National Archives.
What is the Magna Carta?
2b. Origins of the American Jury
2c. Famous Trials Trials throughout history, with links to full information.
Other Famous Trials
3. What is Civil Law?
Differences between civil law and criminal law
5. Consumer Protection laws & organizations:
- State Attorneys General - enforce state consumer laws and provide free assistance in investigating consumer complaints, issuing alerts, and insuring fair competition.
- Consumer Product Safety Act - gives CPSC the power to develop safety standards and pursue recalls for products.
- Federal Trade Commission Act - created the FTC to prevent unfair competition, deceptive acts, regulate trade, etc.
- Pure Food and Drug Act - led to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate foods, drugs, and more.
- Communications Act of 1934 - created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate all radio and interstate cable, phone, and satellite communications.
- National Do Not Call Registry - Privacy - allows US consumers to limit telemarketing calls they receive.
- Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA) - regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer credit information.
- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) - limits abusive consumer practices, insures fairness, etc.
- Truth in Lending Act (TILA) - requires clear disclosure of key terms of the lending arrangement and all costs.
- Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) - prohibits kickbacks and requires lenders to provide a good faith estimate of costs.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) - provides consumer protection for Health Information.
- Federal Citizen Information Center - provides information about consumer news items, recalls, and consumer scam alerts.
- Laws that protect the consumer
- Better Business Bureau - file a complaint or see if others have complained about a business.
- Consumers Union evaluates products and services and publishes Consumer Reports; also advocates for politically liberal causes.
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