Federal Courts

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE, WED, THU 10:30 - 11:20 am TNH 3.140

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final December 7, 2015 1:30 pm A-Z in 2.137


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.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

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


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
09/24/2015 Exam information updated