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Spring 2021

Course Description
This course will examine the role of the federal courts in the American governmental structure-including the relationship of the federal courts to: (1) other branches of the national government; and (2) state court systems. Likely topics to be covered in this course include justiciability (standing, ripeness, mootness and political questions); 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; state sovereign immunity; 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983; and habeas, including recent cases arising from the "war on terror."

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   MW  2:00 PM-3:15 PM DL

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: Paper and participation in class discussion and projects
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Hellman, et al
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: 4th edition
    ISBN: 978-1531001490
  • Textbook Name: Understanding Federal Courts and Jurisdiction
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Mullenix, Redish, Vairo
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 978-1531002541
First Class Assignment(s):



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-284-4050