Copyright

Ch 63: AEPA: The Federal Judicial System

About This Chapter

As you get prepared to take the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam, use lessons of this chapter to study the state and federal court systems, and learn more about the powers of these courts.

AEPA: The Federal Judicial System - Chapter Summary

Refresh your memory of the federal judicial system before you sit for the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam. This chapter will help you study the structures and powers of the U.S. court system with its use of short engaging lesson videos and interactive quizzes. Watch our professional instructors in these videos as they discuss the:

  • State and federal court systems
  • Powers of the federal courts and the judicial decision-making process
  • Checks and balances
  • Differences between original and appellate jurisdictions
  • Selection process of Supreme Court justices and federal judges
  • Influences of interest-groups
  • Judicial review of Marbury v. Madison

Take advantage of the versatility of these lessons by watching them on your mobile devices or reading the included transcripts. These self-paced lessons are delivered by educators who want to help you learn as much as possible about the federal judicial system. Because of the interactive nature of the chapter, you can even submit your questions.

AEPA: The Federal Judicial System Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam is administered to test potential middle-grade teachers' knowledge levels. When you take this exam, you will be asked to respond to 150 multiple-choice questions and finish up within three hours. The 'Government' domain of the exam is worth about nineteen percent of the score. Use this chapter to prepare for questions in this domain about the judicial branch of government.

9 Lessons in Chapter 63: AEPA: The Federal Judicial System
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure

1. The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure

The United States has two separate court systems: the federal and the state. Each state has its own set of state courts. This lesson explains state courts, including the structure and jurisdiction of state court systems.

The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

2. The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

Federal judges and Supreme Court justices make their decisions using different rationales and theories. This lesson explores the power of the federal judiciary, including a discussion of judicial review and judicial activism.

The Federal Court System of the United States: Definition, Structure & Levels

3. The Federal Court System of the United States: Definition, Structure & Levels

The United States has two separate court systems: the federal and the state. This lesson explores the federal court system of the Unites States, including its structure and jurisdiction.

Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants

4. Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants

A case will go through several steps before it can reach the U.S. Supreme Court. This lesson explains the participants, steps, and decision making involved in the appellate process. We will examine how a case can end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples

5. Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples

Our federal government is divided into three branches. Each of the three branches holds certain checks and balances on the other two branches. This lesson explores the major checks and balances on the power of the United States Supreme Court.

Original Versus Appellate Jurisdiction: Definition & Differences

6. Original Versus Appellate Jurisdiction: Definition & Differences

Federal courts can have either original jurisdiction or appellate jurisdiction. Some courts have both types of jurisdiction. This lesson explains the difference between original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction in the federal court system.

The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure

7. The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure

All federal judges are appointed by the United States President, and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This lesson explains the process of selecting federal judges and their tenure once selected.

Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

8. Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

Interest groups achieve their goals through a number of different ways. One strategy uses litigation in order to influence policy. This lesson explains the use of litigation by interest groups.

U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison

9. U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison

Our United States Constitution is known as the 'Supreme Law of the Land.' The United States Supreme Court determines when other laws are in conflict with the Constitution. This lesson explains the concepts of supremacy and judicial review.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science (NT202): Practice & Study Guide course

Support