This course studies the role of the federal courts in the federal system. Topics include the power of Congress to regulate the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts; federal question jurisdiction; Supreme Court review of state court judgments; federal common law; sovereign and official immunity doctrines; abstention and related limitations on federal courts' jurisdiction; and federal habeas corpus.
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 2011 Supplement.
Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have taken, or are concurrently taking, Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and the Fourteenth Amendment, as it requires some knowledge of substantive constitutional law. For LLM students, instructor permission is required to enroll in this course.