# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Business Law Task 1988004008

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Describe the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the legal system.


Description should define the concept of “separation of powers” set forth in the U.S. Constitution and should identify the duties of each branch of government:
  • Legislative (Congress) – passes laws; established by Article I of the Constitution
  • Executive (president, vice president, cabinet departments) – administers laws; established by Article II
  • Judicial (Supreme Court) – interprets laws; established by Article III

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand the Constitution of the United States by

  1. examining the ratification debates and The Federalist;
  2. evaluating the purposes for government stated in the Preamble;
  3. examining the fundamental principles upon which the Constitution of the United States is based, including the rule of law, consent of the governed, limited government, separation of powers, and federalism;
  4. defining the structure of the national government outlined in Article I, Article II, and Article III; and
  5. analyzing and explaining the amendment process.


The student will apply social science skills to understand the organization and powers of the state and local governments described in the Constitution of Virginia by

  1. examining the legislative, executive, and judicial branches;
  2. examining the structure and powers of local governments (county, city, and town);
  3. analyzing the relationship between state and local governments and the roles of regional authorities, governing boards, and commissions;
  4. investigating and explaining the ways individuals and groups exert influence on state and local governments; and
  5. evaluating the effectiveness of citizen efforts to influence decisions of state and local governments by examining historical or contemporary events.

Other Related Standards

FBLA Competitive Events and Activities Areas

Business Law


NBEA Achievement Standards for Business Law

Analyze the constitutionality of various statutes and regulations.


Define "executive order" and explain its relevance to the legal system of the U.S.


Describe the branches of the Government as presented in the U.S. Constitution.


Describe the powers and limitations of the federal government as stated in the Constitution.