The American Legal System

Module 2 of 6 - The American Legal System  — The Judicial System

Please complete the assignments below. When you are finished, click "Finish Module" (below) to continue on to the next module.

Students will

  • add depth to their understanding of the state courts
  • understand the difference between trial and appellate courts
  • gain a deeper understanding of the federal courts
  • understand the hierarchy of the federal courts, from district courts, to the court of appeals, to the Supreme Court
  • review a map of the 13 federal judicial circuits
  • note the many additional kinds of federal courts

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1 hr

  • ch. 2, "The State Courts" , 0.25 hrs.
  • ch. 3, "The Federal Courts" , 0.25 hrs.
  • PDF Link: Terms and Definitions, 0.5 hrs.

    Module 2—Terms and Definitions -- The Judicial System -- Use any good print or online dictionary to look up the definitions. A response appears in the next module uner "HANDOUT."


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Structure of the Courts - Professor Shaun Jamison

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The American Legal System - Professor Shaun Jamison

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  • Click here to view the handout (Model Answer for Terms and Definitions exercise uploaded in previous module: "Background / Initiating a Lawsuit.").