LegalWays: Search and Seizure

Lesson Duration

By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak

This lesson examines more closely the issues surrounding search and seizure.  The warrant requirement is explained and exceptions are described in a student reading with guiding questions.  The students are asked to apply their knowledge and understanding to five hypothetical cases in the “What do you think?” activity.  Defense lawyers would be very helpful in this lesson because the students are likely to have very specific questions that require knowledge of search law. Although this lesson reflects Minnesota law, it is generally applicable to all states and can be adapted.


  • Students will understand the steps in a criminal case
  • Students will understand the laws concerning search and arrest
  • Students will understand the role of lawyers

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials Needed


See Criminal Law Teaching Guide


LegalWays curriculum was funded by Grant No. 95-JS-FX-0300 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.


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