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About This Module

This module, "Federal Court Concepts", is designed to introduce secondary and postsecondary students to the American federal court system. It contains basic information about the structure of the federal courts, what kind of cases that federal courts hear, and how to use federal court decisions in research.

This module contains the following information:

Learning Objectives

historic Georgia courthouse After completing this module, students should be able to:

  • Understand the differences and similarities between the various types of federal courts

  • Identify the levels of the federal court system

  • Grasp the basic principles of legal research

Development & Support

This module is maintained by the Southeast ADA Center, one of ten regional centers in the ADA National Network on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.

  • For questions or comments on this module, contact the Southeast ADA Center.

  • For more information about the ADA or web access, contact your ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232 (v/tty).

This module was originally developed by Curtis D. Edmonds, J.D under the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at the Georgia Tech Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) in 2003 with funding by the Office of Post Secondary Education (OPE) under Grant #P333A020050.

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