Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Review “So You’re 18:  Answers to Your Questions About Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities” (Virginia State Bar, 2021) 

 

  • “What are some of the Rights I have at Age 18 that I didn’t have Before?”
  • “What are some of the New Responsibilities I have when I Become 18?”
  • “What Doesn’t Change after I Turn 18?”

Why do you think we’re emphasizing the “magic age” of 18 in this (or any) law class?  Was anything you read surprising or new information to you?  If you were already familiar with most of the rights and responsibilities associated with becoming the age of majority in Virginia, from where did you learn this information (i.e., school, family, media, etc.)?  And, when did you learn most of this information (before 18, upon becoming 18, after 18)?  Regardless of your age, which of these rights and responsibilities have you already taken on (i.e., registering to vote, registering for selective service, jury duty, enlistment, marriage, etc.) and which not (and why)?  Are there additional rights and responsibilities 18-year old Virginians are not yet afforded (until they become 21 years old) that you believe ought to be extended to 18-year olds; and, if so, why?  If you have connections to another state, does that state issue a similar publication/website for its citizens new to the age of majority?  Cite each source referenced.

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