Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of legal, political and governmental systems in the United States.
Clarification 1: Students will compare and contrast the characteristics of a society that operates under the rule of law and one that does not.
Clarification 2: Students will assess the importance of the rule of law in protecting citizens from arbitrary and abusive uses of government power.
Clarification 3: Students will analyze the meaning and importance of due process in the United States legal system.
Clarification 4: Students will evaluate the impact of the rule of law on governmental officials and institutions (e.g., accountability to the law, consistent application and enforcement of the law, decisions based on the law, fair procedures, transparency of institutions).