U.S. Constitution and Statutes
Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, also known as the "Supremacy Clause", states that the U. S. Constitution, Federal statues, and United States treaties are the "supreme law of the land", therefore making them the highest areas of law possible within the legal system of the country. In other words, if there is conflict between the state and federal law, the federal law is supreme. In the event of a conflict, state judges are required to follow federal law regardless of what the state law or state constitution declares.
U.S. Constitution, Federal Statutes, and U.S. Treaties
United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is the foudnation of our federal government. It established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Federal Statutes. Federal Statutes are laws enacted by the U.S. Congress with (and in some circumstances without) the approval of the President. Federal statutes are published in three formats: (1) initially as individual slip laws, (2) in compilations of slip laws known as session laws, and (3) as codified law incorporated into a code.