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What are the six sources of law?

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Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:38 AM via iOS

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What are the six sources of law?

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Posted June 22, 2013 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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There are six basic sources of law in the US.  Five of them are federal in nature and the sixth is from the state level.  The sources are listed below:

1) US Constitution.  Constitutional law governs the interpretation of the US Constitution and its statutes.

2) Federal Statutes.  Statutory law is the body of written laws that have been passed by the US Congress.

3) Common Law.  US common law is also called case law.  It is the legal precedents that have been set by judges through legal decisions they make in cases that they oversee.

4) Regulations of Federal Agencies.  These include federal agencies like the IRS and FDA.

5) International Treaties.  Specifically, treaties that have been approved through a vote in the US Senate.

6) State Laws.  State legislatures make state laws that are legitimate as long as they do not conflict with federal law.

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