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LESSON 2: PRIMARY LEGAL AUTHORITY IN THE FEDERAL SYSTEM


2.3 The Three Fundamental Categories of Federal Law


2.3.1 The 4 Sources of Primary Legal Rules


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2.3.1 The 4 Sources of Primary Legal Rules

Federal law is very simple.

There are only 4 basic sources of primary authority in the federal legal system of the United States.

And these 4 sources can be condensed even further into just 3 simple categories.

 

The 4 sources of generally applicable primary legal authority—the only 4—are

Ø  The blackletter provisions of

1)      The Constitution;

2)     Statutes; and

3)     Administrative regulations.

Ø  As well as

4) The holdings in federal judicial decisions interpreting those blackletter provisions.  

 

That’s it.

Those are the only 4 sources of generally applicable primary legal authority in the federal legal system of the United States, and they are the only 4.

1)      The Constitution;

2)     Statutes;

3)     Administrative regulations; and

4)     The holdings in judicial decisions.

 

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