Federal Courts

This course addresses the doctrines and policies that shape and limit the power of federal courts. Topics include the subject-matter jurisdiction of the federal district courts, the law applied to state-law claims, federal common law, justiciability, suits challenging official action, judicial federalism, and legislative courts.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:20 am TNH 3.142
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 12/17/14 8:30 am A-Z
2.140

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed

Textbooks

  • Hart & Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System - Fallon, Manning, Meltzer & Shapiro
      Foundation Press , edition: 6th ed.
        (required)
  • 2014 Supplement to Hart & Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System - Fallon, Manning, Meltzer & Shapiro
      Foundation , edition: 2014
        (required)
  • The Judicial Code and Rules of Procedure in the Federal Courts - Clermont
      Foundation , edition: 2014 Revision
        (required)
  • Supplemental Material
          (required)
  • The following are acceptable substitutes for the 2014 Revision of THE JUDICIAL CODE AND RULES OF PROCEDURE IN THE FEDERAL COURTS: (1) Clermont, THE JUDICIAL CODE AND RULES OF PROCEDURE IN THE FEDERAL COURTS (2012 or 2013 Revision); (2) Clermont, FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE (Foundation Press 2012 or 2013 edition); (3) FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE (West 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 Educational Edition)
          (required)