This is an introductory course about the legal system in the United States.
In the first section, you will learn about Federalism: Define federalism; Ascertain the sections of the Constitution that give Congress regulatory authority; Ascertain the basis for Congress’s authority to enact criminal laws; Compare federal regulatory authority with state regulatory authority; Compare federal criminal laws with state criminal laws, and Define federal supremacy.
In the second section, you will learn about the branches of the U.S. government: Identify the three branches of government; Ascertain the head of the federal and state legislative branches of government; Compare the Senate and the House of Representatives; Ascertain the head of the federal and state executive branches of government, and Ascertain the head of the federal and state judicial branches of government.
In the third section, you will learn about the Court System: Compare federal and state courts; Define jurisdiction; Compare original and appellate jurisdiction; Identify the federal courts and determine each court’s jurisdiction; Identify the state courts and determine each court’s jurisdiction.
In the fourth section, you will learn about the concept of Burden of Proof: Define the burden of proof; Distinguish between the burden of production and the burden of persuasion; Compare the civil and criminal burden of proof; Compare inference and presumption; and Compare circumstantial and direct evidence.
In the fifth section, we will review what we have learned throughout the course.