Guide to U.S. Constitutional Law

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law in the country. Written in 1789, this document has been amended many times. All courts in the United States adhere to the Constitutional laws. In this guide, learn more about the first 10 Amendments (also called the Bill of Rights), how voting laws are protected, and how jurisdiction is decided.

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  • ContentFirst Amendment Law - Freedom of Speech

    The First Amendment states that the government should guarantee the freedom of speech of it's citizens. It was established to help promote free ideas and guarantee citizen freedom. However, there are some exceptions to the rule such as threats, libel and slander, and more.

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  • ContentSecond Amendment Law - Right to Bear Arms

    The Second Amendment provides the militia the right to bear arms. However, the courts frequently debate the issue of gun law, debating if this right extends to citizens as well. In this guide, learn more about the constitutional right and how the courts are translating it.

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  • ContentFourth Amendment Law - Unreasonable Search and Seizure

    The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from ‘unreasonable’ searches and seizures by the government. This amendment applies to home searches, traffic stops, drug dog stops, and more. Learn more about your right to a reasonable search.

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  • ContentFifth Amendment Law - Right Against Self-Incrimination

    The Fifth Amendment allows a criminal defendant the right not to testify against himself. Jurors are not allowed to consider a defendants use of the Fifth Amendment right as evidence of his guilt. Learn more about the Fifth Amendment.

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  • ContentEighth Amendment Law - Cruel and Unusual Punishment

    The Eighth Amendment protects citizens from ‘cruel and unusual punishment’. This broad wording has led to debate regarding punishment, from the death penalty to inedible prison food. Learn more here.

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  • ContentVoting Laws

    The right to vote is considered one of the most important rights in the United States. In this guide, learn what to do when accused of voter fraud and what the legal requirements for a president’s impeachment are.

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  • ContentJurisdiction Law

    The writers of the U.S. Constitution created jurisdiction- meaning certain issues are handled by state government, while some are handled by the federal government. In this guide, learn which cases are handled by which form of government and how this translates in court.

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