Advanced Topics in Federal Courts Seminar

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/15
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1430-1630
  • SL284
09/01/2022 12/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

The law of federal courts now features prominently in both the media and public debate. Examples include proposals to “pack” or expand the size of the Supreme Court, efforts to reform qualified immunity, and controversies over the treatment of landmark precedents. This seminar will explore several pressing and contested issues pertaining to federal courts, focusing on recent cases and scholarship. Additional topics may include severability, nationwide injunctions, the “shadow docket,” and judicial rhetoric.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write weekly response paragraphs. In addition, students must write either two short essays or one long essay. 2L, 3L or LLM students desiring to count the long paper toward their Upper-Level Writing Requirement must submit a "special request" form (available via LawWeb) to SRO before October 4th.

Other Work
Students will take turns presenting the assigned reading. Class participation is required.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Federal Courts is recommended but not required. 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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
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