Courts and Legal Systems

The study of the United States court system.

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    Understanding Federal and State Courts

    Government resource designed to examine the differences, similarities, and interactions between the federal and state court systems to make the public aware of how each system goes about achieving these goals.

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    Brief introduction video to the U.S. court system.

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    Getting to Know the U.S. Court Systems - For Dummies

    The United States court system is actually many court systems: a federal system and 50 state systems. Each has its own structures and procedures. All are multi-tiered. Legal cases begin in a lower court and sometimes work their way up to a higher court.

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    Introduction to the American Political Process

    This course provides students with an introduction to the basic institutions of American government, especially as established in the constitution, and with an introduction to currents of thought among social scientists about the workings of U.S. politics. This is a communication intensive course.

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    Congress and the American Political System I

    This course focuses on both the internal processes of the House and Senate and on the place of Congress in the American political system. Attention has been given to committee behavior, leadership patterns, and informal organization in this course. It considers relations between Congress and other branches of government, as well as relations between the two houses of Congress itself.

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