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In actuality, there are fifty one different court systems in the United States. First, there is the Federal Court System which consist of District Courts (trial level court); Courts of Appeals (sometimes referred to as Circuit Courts), and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Then there are fifty different state court systems. Each state court system is unique and is governed by each states' consitution and laws. Although some state systems may be similar, many are very different.

State Court System

For a complete list of all state court websites click on this link: State Courts

Links to State Statutes and State Case Law: State Law Links

US Courts

Federal Courts
Official Web Site of U. S. Federal Courts


Attorneys or Lawyers must be licensed to practice law. Licensing usually is granted to graduates of ABA approved law schools (althought, a couple of states do not have this requirement) who then must pass a bar exam. The bar exam in most states consist of a two and one-half day testing period.

The education needed to become an attorney is a four year college degree followed by three years of law school. The degree earned at law school is usually a Doctorate of Juriprudence, although law school may have a different name on their degree.

Each state has its own licensing authority and a lawyer cannot practice outside of that state until they are admitted into the next state. This sometimes means that the lawyer will have to take the bar exam again in the other state. However, some states have reciprocity with each other. That means that certain states will allow a lawyer admission under certain circumstances without having to take the bar exam again.

Once licensed, each lawyer is a member of that states' bar association.

For a complete list of all states bar associations click here: State Courts


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