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Guide to Sources of U.S. Law  

Research guide to finding basic sources of United States law.
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011 URL: http://libguides.vassar.edu/content.php?pid=4717 Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction

U.S. Law is based on the Constitution. Congress passes legislation which becomes statutory law. The executive branch makes rules and regulations to comply with the statutory law, which becomes administrative law. The judiciary settles disputes by interpreting the law, which becomes case law.

The Constitution and the statutory, administrative and case law together make up the body of United States law.

 
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