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Introduction to Legal System Small Group F2013

Introduction to Legal System Small Group F2013

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A brief introduction to the legal system and legal publishing
A brief introduction to the legal system and legal publishing

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Introduction to the legal systemFifth Hour Legal Research ProgramFall 2013 
 
Sources of US Law
US ConstitutionBranches of Government:Legislative = StatutesExecutive = Executive OrdersJudicial = Court Decisions*Administrative (4
th
branch) = Regulations
 
Mandatory v. Persuasive Authority
 
Mandatory / Binding Precedent
The Law (primary authority)
Higher court
within
the jurisdiction
Same jurisdiction
Same topic
Persuasive authority
Law (primary authority) from a lower court outsideof your jurisdiction
 All secondary authority is always persuasive.
Some secondary authority is more persuasive thanothers (consider author and her credentials).

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