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Ch 49: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The U.S. Federal Judicial System

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Learn about the federal judicial system in America by watching these bite-sized video lessons. A multiple-choice quiz after each lesson will help you evaluate your mastery of the subject.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: The U.S. Federal Judicial System - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The judicial system in the United States can seem like a daunting subject, but these video lessons will break it down and help you navigate the various levels of the state and federal courts. You will learn about the functions of the court system, consider the judicial decision making and appeals processes, and find out how judges are seated. You will also examine the balance of power between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the federal government. Through these lessons, you will:

  • Examine court systems at the state and national levels
  • Consider the theories of judicial interpretation
  • Learn about special federal courts
  • Explore the United States Supreme Court and its role
  • Learn about the selection process for federal judges
  • Define jurisdictions and compare the limits on various types

Video Objective
The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure Examine the different structures of state court systems.
The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences Learn how judges make policies through judicial review and activism.
The Federal Court System of the United States: Definition, Structure & Levels Map the federal court system of the United States.
Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants Examine the appeals process and the decision-making process at each step.
Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples Consider the balance of power between the Supreme Court and other two branches of government.
Original Versus Appellate Jurisdiction: Definition & Differences Learn about the limits on federal jurisdiction and compare original vs. appellate jurisdiction.
The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure Explore the selection process and learn about the tenures of Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges.

6 Lessons in Chapter 49: CLEP Social Sciences and History: The U.S. Federal Judicial System
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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.

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

6. 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.

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