Federal Courts

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 68/70
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • WR
  • 1540-1740
  • WB128
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course examines the role of the federal courts in American constitutional democracy. The course has three aims: (1) to prepare students to litigate or clerk in the federal courts, (2) to spark reflection on the allocation of power among federal and state courts, legislatures, and the executive branch, and (3) to engage in informed discussion of relevant controversies, such as the power of the Supreme Court and qualified immunity. In particular, the course covers justiciability doctrines such as standing and political questions; congressional control over federal-court jurisdiction, including “jurisdiction-stripping”; the relationship between federal courts and state courts; the enforcement of federal rights, including immunity doctrines and civil rights suits; and the law of habeas corpus. Students will gain experience applying their knowledge to practical and cutting-edge issues in federal jurisdiction and the enforcement of federal law.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) AND (Civil Procedure (6000)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM