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Constitutional Law: Study Aids and Other Materials

Resources on Constitutional Law for 1Ls, bar examinees, and other patrons


Useful Definitions

Appellate ReviewExamination of a lower court's decision by a higher court, which can affirm, reverse, modify, or vacate the decision.

Executive BranchThe branch of government charged with administering and carrying out the law.

FederalismThe legal relationship and distribution of power between the national and regional governments within a federal system of government.

Judicial BranchThe branch of government consisting of the courts, whose function is to ensure justice by interpreting, applying, and generally administering the laws.

Judicial ReviewA court's power to review the actions of other branches or levels of government; especially the courts' power to invalidate legislative and executive actions as being unconstitutional.

Legislative BranchThe branch of government responsible for enacting laws.

Separation of PowersThe division of governmental authority into three branches of government — legislative, executive, and judicial — each with specified duties on which neither of the other branches can encroach; a constitutional doctrine of checks and balances designed to protect the people against tyranny. 

Stare DecisisThe doctrine of precedent, under which a court must follow earlier judicial decisions when the same points arise again in litigation.

All definitions come from Black’s Law Dictionary

Electronic Resource Guides

Study Aids

Other Books of Interest


Electronic Resources

CALI - The center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) provides access to online lessons over a range of law school topics. This link will bring you to the list of available topics on CALI. You do need to register to access the lessons and the library will have access codes for CALI at the circulation desk.

Westlaw Study guides - This will bring you to a selection of study aids provided by the law school's Westlaw subscription. The aids can only be accessed through your Westlaw account. There is a good selection of study aids over the common courses found in Law School.