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 9:10 - 10:00 am TNH 2.124
Exam Type Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 12/7/16 1:30 pm A-Z
2.124

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Not Allowed

Textbooks

  • Hart & Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System - Fallon, Manning, Meltzer & Shapiro
      Foundation Press , edition: 7th ed.
        (required)
  • 2016 Supplement to Hart & Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System - Fallon, Manning, Meltzer & Shapiro
      Foundation Press , edition: 2016
        (required)
  • Supplemental Materials
          (required)
  • The Judicial Code and Rules of Procedure in Federal Court - Clermont
      Foundation Press , edition: 2016 Revision
        (required)
  • The following are acceptable substitutes for the 2016 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, 2013, 2014, or 2015 Revision); (2) Clermont, FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE (Foundation Press 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015 edition); (3) FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE (West 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, or 2015-2016 Educational Edition).
          (optional)