Federal Courts and the Federal System

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Fall 2012 Course
Meets: W, Th, F 1:00pm - 2:40pm in Austin Hall Room 100 - North
5 classroom credits

This course is a study of the federal courts in the operation of the federal system. It is an advanced course in public law, judicial administration, and constitutional and civil rights litigation and will assume a knowledge of substantive constitutional law. Topics include the case or controversy requirement; the power of Congress to regulate the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts; federal question jurisdiction; doctrines of sovereign and official immunity; federal common law; Supreme Court review of state court judgments; abstention; and federal habeas corpus. Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism and Fourteenth Amendment is a prerequisite. The casebook is Richard H. Fallon, Jr., John Manning, Daniel J. Meltzer, & David L. Shapiro, Hart & Wechsler's, The Federal Courts and the Federal System (6th ed. 2009), along with its 2012 Supplement.

Pre-requisite: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment; students who have not completed that pre-requisite may enroll only with the permission of the instructor.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function , Constitutional Law & Civil Rights .