Historic Supreme Court Cases

This is a sampling of some of the major Supreme Court cases that are frequently studied in law school

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This research guide aims to give students a basic overview of the major cases which have helped shape American jurisprudence. This list is combined from two lists using two separate methodologies: the first is how many times a case has been cited by the court (or elsewhere), and the second is how pervasively these cases appear in major treatises on American constitutional law. This guide is not intended for any specific research purpose and should not be considered comprehensive for any research area. If you need assistance with any aspect of legal research please speak with a Research Librarian.

Heafey Law Library Research Team