University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2017

Course Description
This survey course will examine the role of the federal courts in the American governmental structure, including the relationship of the federal courts to other branches of the national government and state court systems. Likely topics to be covered in this course include justiciability doctrines (standing, ripeness, mootness, and political question); the power of Congress to define the jurisdiction of the federal courts, including its power to create non-Article III courts; the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts; the appellate jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court and federal Courts of Appeal; judicial abstention; federal common law; the Eleventh Amendment and state sovereign immunity; 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 and Bivens suits against federal officials; and habeas corpus, with some discussion of the recent cases arising from the "war on terror."

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-17-2017 - 04-25-2017   MW  8:00 AM-9:20 AM F302

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation (25%) and Exams: Midterm (25%) Final (50%)
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None