Ch 59: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. Judicial System

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Refresh your knowledge of the judicial system in the United States, including types of courts and how judges are selected, as you get ready for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. Our video lessons can help you prepare for exam questions on these topics.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. Judicial System - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to help you review information on the U.S. judicial system, its structure and function, as you prepare for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. Our videos and quizzes can show you what you should know to correctly answer questions on the following topics:

  • The state court system
  • Structure and levels of the federal court system
  • Steps in the judicial decision making process
  • Checks and balances on the Supreme Court's power
  • How federal judges and Supreme Court justices are selected
  • How interest groups influence policy through litigation
  • The significance of the Marbury v. Madison decision

These lessons can refresh your knowledge of topics you probably studied in your high school and college classes, although our instructors may present some facts that are new to you. You can watch on a computer or mobile device as your schedule allows.

8 Lessons in Chapter 59: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): U.S. 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.

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.

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