Federal Courts and the Federal System

Federal Courts and the Federal System

Professor Benjamin Spencer
Spring 2020 course
M, T 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Austin Hall Room 111 - West
4 classroom credits

Prerequisites: Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment. Students who have not completed these prerequisites may enroll only with the permission of the instructor.

Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home

This course involves a study of the role of the federal courts in the operation of the federal system. Topics include: choice of law in the federal courts; judicial power to create federal law; congressional control over federal courts; federal jurisdiction and justiciability; abstention doctrines; and state sovereign immunity.

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