This course is about the relationship of the federal courts to state courts and to the federal political branches. The dominant themes are federalism and separation of powers. Topics include the constitutional and statutory scope of federal question jurisdiction, congressional power to restrict federal court jurisdiction, the extent of Supreme Court review of state court judgments, sovereign immunity, doctrines of justiciability, and various statutory and judge-made barriers to the exercise of federal jurisdiction.
Flex exam at end of semester.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.