Federal Courts

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /80
Credits: 4
Days Time Room Start Date End Date










0850-0950 WB102

Course Description

This course is about the federal judicial system and its relationship to Congress, the executive branch, state legislatures, and state courts. The course begins by examining the elements of a justiciable "case" or "controversy" in federal court; we will ask what an "advisory opinion" might be, and we will learn about doctrines of standing, ripeness, mootness, and political questions. We will proceed to study Congress’s power over the subject-matter jurisdiction of federal courts and the uses to which Congress has put that power. Once we have a sense of the jurisdiction of the federal courts, we will consider the sources of the substantive rules of decision that both state and federal courts apply in cases within their jurisdiction; for instance, we will examine how courts decide whether a particular plaintiff has a cause of action to seek judicial relief for the violation of a particular legal duty, and we will also discuss various kinds of rules that are lumped together under the rubric of "federal common law." Finally, we will consider some advanced topics in judicial federalism, including the doctrine of state sovereign immunity, various abstention doctrines applied by the federal courts, and the law of habeas corpus.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Flex

Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) AND (Civil Procedure (6000)) Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced via Canvas.

Course Notes: This class is scheduled on all days of the week, but during most weeks, it will meet Monday-Thursday.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124820638

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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