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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

Content Development

This module was developed by Curtis D. Edmonds, J.D. For questions, suggestions, comments, or more information about this module, please feel free to e-mail him at For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact your local Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC) at or at the nationwide toll-free telephone number at (800) 949-4232 (v/tty).

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