About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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- BUSINESS LAW
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- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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Federal Courts (Spring 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-763
- Class Number: 03468
- Instructor: David B. Cruz
This course examines constitutional and statutory principles that define the role of federal courts in the U.S. system of government. It will examine the relationship of the federal courts to the states, Indian tribes, and other branches of the federal government. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the implications of federal courts doctrines for the underlying principles of federalism and separation of powers. We will pay particular attention to issues of jurisdiction or justiciability (including standing, ripeness, mootness, political questions, and abstention doctrines); congressional control over federal courts; and the jurisdiction of federal courts to adjudicate cases against governments and government officials, particularly including civil rights claims and governmental immunity doctrines (including ones under the Eleventh Amendment).
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: M/W 8:30 am - 9:45 am
- Room Number: Room 2
- Exam: In-class exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Points may be awarded
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