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A basic introduction (or refresher!) about sources of law, court structure, and precedent.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Identify different sources of law.
2. Understand the hierarchy of authority.
3. Distinguish between binding and persuasive case law.

Lesson Completion Time
20 minutes


  • Courtney Abbott Hill

    Courtney Abbott Hill is the Associate Director of Student Affairs, Academic and Bar Support Programs, at Syracuse University College of Law.  Ms. Abbott Hill is responsible for helping law students reach their full academic potential, with an emphasis on the skills needed to be successful on the bar exam. She develops and implements programming focused on academic success for students throughout their career at the College of Law.  Ms. Abbott Hill received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Nazareth College of Rochester and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the College of Law in 2009.  After graduation, she served as a Court Attorney with the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department, before transitioning to a career focused on law student success as a Regional Director with a national bar review provider.

    Associate Director of Student Affairs, Academic and Bar Support Programs
    Syracuse University College of Law
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