About Short Circuit

Short Circuit is your concise (and sometimes irreverent) source for important and interesting cases and legal stories you might otherwise have missed. Launched by the Institute for Justice (IJ) in 2015, Short Circuit started off as a short weekly newsletter rounding up the most interesting developments in the federal circuit courts of appeal. Today, Short Circuit includes more than just our popular weekly newsletter: we host a bi-weekly Short Circuit podcast, we regularly tweet out entertaining summaries of historic court cases, and we’re launching a new, longform podcast series. Learn more about each of these below, and see what others are saying about Short Circuit.


Newsletter: Each week, IJ scours the federal court dockets for the most interesting and important appeals court opinions addressing individual liberty. Every Friday afternoon, we share short, easy-to-understand descriptions of the most interesting federal appellate cases in our newsletter.


Short Circuit Podcast: Liven up your commute by subscribing to our bi-weekly podcast, where IJ lawyers and guests break down the latest developments in the federal circuit courts.


#CourtingHistory: Short Circuit’s got you covered for important contemporary legal developments–and for interesting historical legal developments, check out #CourtingHistory on Twitter or visit this site for short, engaging threads on important or fun cases.


Bound By Oath Podcast: Stay tuned for a new Short Circuit podcast series taking a deeper dive into different provisions of the Constitution–starting with the 14th Amendment, which turns 150 this year.

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