University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2016

Course Description
This is a three credit course organized as an independent paper aggregation. Students will write papers of sufficient length, involving sufficient research and revision, to count toward the Law School’s writing requirement. Students will at points take turns as assigned critics of drafts prepared by colleagues. Two thirds of the course grade will be based on the paper; one third on the critiques.

Paper topics will address questions of current interest associated with the subject matter jurisdiction of federal courts. Initial course meetings will identify issues highlighted by recent (or perhaps forthcoming) Supreme Court decisions, as well as persisting problems now become pressing – for example, the remedial limits reducing the significance of constitutional restrictions on police use of force, and the obstacles habeas corpus review confronts in investigating the legality of Guantanamo confinements. Students, however, are free to propose topics of their own devising.

The course will meet regularly until students have selected plausible paper topics. Where necessary, class meetings will fill-in background knowledge particular topics require. Thereafter group meetings will resume as paper drafts become ready for presentations and critique. Individual conferences will occur as needed.

This course is not a survey of federal courts law generally. It does not suppose students have already taken a federal courts course and it is designed not to bar students from taking the general federal courts course subsequently. Needed materials will usually be accessible on-line. The federal courts casebook edited by Richard Fallon and his colleagues (the “Hart & Wechsler” book) is strongly recommended as a research and background resource but it is not required – the book will be put on library reserve.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2016 - 12-15-2016   TR  9:30 AM-10:50 AM F300

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Phone: (305)284-2261
Office: C220