Lrw: Legal Analysis-understanding Common Law

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Before you can begin to analyze cases, you need to understand common law. Understanding common law will require you to understand how a body of law develops through case precedent, the organization and function of the courts, and the precedential weight of each case. This quiz will test that understanding. Select the best answer for each question. You will have 3 minutes to complete each question and will not be able to go back once you have answered.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In which types of cases do federal courts typically have jurisdiction? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Cases involving federal law

    • B. 

      Cases primarily focusing on state law issues

    • C. 

      Diversity of citizenship cases

    • D. 

      Cases involving the U.S. Constitution

  • 2. 
    Federal courts are divided into:
    • A. 

      Regions

    • B. 

      Sections

    • C. 

      Circuits

    • D. 

      Networks

  • 3. 
    If you step into a courtroom where there is a single judge with lawyers presenting physical evidence and taking testimony, you are in what level of the court system?
    • A. 

      The U.S. Supreme Court

    • B. 

      An appellate court

    • C. 

      A district court

  • 4. 
    Which of the following are binding? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Holding

    • B. 

      Dicta

    • C. 

      Majority opinion

    • D. 

      Dissenting opinion

  • 5. 
    What factors affect the weight of cases? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Date

    • B. 

      The court itself

    • C. 

      Treatment of the case

    • D. 

      Number of judges

    • E. 

      Names of judges

  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements are true? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Rulings that have been followed in other cases carry more weight

    • B. 

      Recent decisions carry more weight

    • C. 

      Cases from other jurisdictions have more weight than cases from this jurisdiction

    • D. 

      Influential circuits, like the 2nd circuit, carry more weight

    • E. 

      Well known judges, like Judge Posner, carry less weight

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