The US Constitution

Federal government employees; employees of federal agencies; supervisors of federal employees; managers of federal employees; employees who buy goods and services from the private sector for the federal government; employees who deal with the public who are looking to obtain permits, licenses, and address other regulatory needs

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

This course looks at how the US Constitution was established, as well as how the national government was formed and structured. It also explores the rights and liberties of the American people as enshrined in the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments to the Constitution. Finally, the course looks at how the power was distributed and the creation of the three branches of government: the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Legislation proposed by West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd and enacted by U.S. Public Law 108-447 on December 8, 2004 designated September 17 each year as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It requires each federal agency to provide new employees with educational and training materials about the U.S. Constitution as part of orientation. The law also requires federal agencies to provide U.S. Constitution education and training materials to all employees on Sept. 17 of each year.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


Overview of the US Constitution

  • recognize the need for the creation of the US Constitution
  • recognize the purpose of each article of the Constitution
  • recognize how the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution works in the practice of the government
  • Amendments and the Bill of Rights

  • recognize how amendments are made to the US Constitution |w
  • identify the purpose of the Bill of Rights and examples of its application |w
  • recognize key amendments to the US Constitution




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