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Fall 2019

Course Description
This is a three credit course organized as an independent paper aggregation (IPA). Students will write papers of sufficient length, necessarily involving substantial research and revision, to count toward the Law School’s writing requirement. Students may at points take turns as assigned critics of drafts prepared by colleagues. Paper topics will address questions of current interest associated with the subject matter jurisdiction of federal courts. Initial course meetings will explore (quickly but also intensively) issues highlighted by recent (or perhaps forthcoming) Supreme Court decisions, as well as persisting problems now become pressing. Students, however, are free to propose topics of their own devising. The course will meet regularly until students have selected plausible paper topics and written and presented brief preliminary memos for class discussion. Students are expected to participate in all phases of the course.

Students will then write first and further drafts. Group meetings reoccur on an as-needed basis for purposes of presenting drafts for critique. Individual conferences will take place throughout the course, either by e-mail or in person. The most intense phase of the course follows completion of first drafts -- two or three revision stages are usual, addressing both elaboration of complex analyses and demands for research in enough depth. Student work often extends after the end of the examination period into the so-called grading period, especially if first drafts were not written relatively quickly. Students nonetheless ordinarily conclude their coursework without resort to "incomplete" procedures. The process of multiple drafts and critiques -- sometimes "heavy lifting" -- frequently results in student work of impressively high quality.

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
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   MW  2:00 PM-3:20 PM 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
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: The Federal Courts and the Federal System
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: R. Fallon Jr., J. Goldsmith, J. Manning, D. Shapiro, and A. Tyler
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 2019 Supplement
    ISBN: 9781642429268

Additional Materials:
The only required textbook for the course is the 2019 Supplement to The Federal Courts and Federal System by R. Fallon Jr., J. Goldsmith, J. Manning, D. Shapiro, and A. Tyler. The supplement will published in early August and will be available for purchase around mid-August. Please wait for further instructions from Prof. Gudridge regarding the purchase of the supplement.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Welcome! There is no first class assignment rather we will be discussing the intricate procedures of the course. Therefore, please be sure to attend class.

    Materials will be distributed to students via email or in class. // The only required textbook for the course is the 2019 Supplement to The Federal Courts and Federal System (R. Fallon, Jr., et al., ISBN: 9781642429268). Please wait for instructions from Prof. Gudridge regarding the purchasing of the textbook.

    Additional Information:
    Class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 3:20pm beginning on August 12, 2019 in room F300.



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2261
Office: G365