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Course Descriptions

Federal Courts (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-763
  • Class Number: 03468
  • Instructor: Elisabeth (Neubauer) Freinberg

Course Description

This course examines the constitutional and statutory provisions, as well as the judicially-created doctrines, that define the role that federal courts play in our judicial system.  It pays particular attention to separation of powers and federalism.  Selected topics include the nature of the federal judicial function, justiciability (including standing, ripeness, mootness, and the political question doctrine), abstention, Supreme Court review of state court decisions, habeas corpus, and the jurisdiction of federal courts to adjudicate cases against governments and government officials, with a focus on civil rights claims and government immunity doctrines.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Schedule: M/W 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Room Number: Room 103
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Points will be awarded