This event provides recognition for PBL members who can identify, understand, and demonstrate knowledge about general criminal justice concepts.

The one-hour objective test will include questions on corrections and alternative sanctions (community sentences, history and current information on corrections and prison life); courts and adjudication (prosecution and defense, pretrial procedures, criminal trial and punishment and sentencing); juvenile justice system; nature of crime, law, and criminal justice (victimization, substance and procedure, and current justice trends with terrorism, homeland security, cyber crime); police and law enforcement (history and organization, role and function, professional, social, and legal issues); and basic concepts.


Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by February 15 of the current school year.

State:           Each charter may enter six participants.

National:     See national guidelines: www.fbla-pbl.org.



State:           When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser received by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

National:     See national guidelines: www.fbla-pbl.org.

• Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the state chapter and the national association.

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd, or 3rd in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

• Participants failing to report on time may be either disqualified or permitted to begin late with no extension of the time as scheduled. 

• Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers.  Nongraphing calculators will be provided.  No electronic devices may be brought to the event.   No reference materials or other items are to be brought to the event.

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.



Tests will be machine graded.  In the event of a tie, the students’ performance on the final ten questions of the exam will be evaluated.  After that, if necessary, the order in which the tests were received will be used.



State:           State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National:     The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is  determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.