The American Legal System

Module 4 of 6 - The American Legal System  — Cases and Statutes

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

Students will

  • learn about "reported" cases and how to find case law
  • gain a deeper understanding of the use of precedent
  • understand the differences between "persuasive" and "binding" legal authority and how precedent applies to each concept
  • understand the form and techniques for interpretation of statutory law
  • understand that statutory law derives from enabling legislation

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2 hrs

  • ch. 5, "Case Law" and ch. 7, "Statutes" , 1.0 hr.
  • PDF Link: Terms and Definitions, 1.0 hr.

    Module 4 - Terms and Definitions – Cases and Statutes - Use any good print or online legal dictionary to look up these terms. A response appears in the next module under "HANDOUT."


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4 (current)

The Administrative Process - Professor Jim Dodge

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The Legislative Process - Professor Jim Dodge

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2 (past)

Structure of the Courts - Professor Shaun Jamison

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1 (past)

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: "Procedure.").