Constitutional Law

The U.S. Constitution

What is the primary source of law in the United States?

The primary source of law is the U.S. Constitution, which serves as the blueprint for the country’s legal system. It is the highest form of law. States also have their own constitutions, which serve as their highest forms of legal documents. If a law does not comport with the Constitution, the law is declared unconstitutional or void.

What this means is that other forms of law must comport with the Constitution. In other words, a common legal claim asserted by a party challenging a law is that the law is unconstitutional. This means that the law violates a provision of the Constitution and is unenforceable.


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