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Federal Courts: The Federal System     LAW-763

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).

Units 3, 4, 5
Grading Options Numeric or CR/D/F
Exam Type In-class Exam
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement No

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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