Area of Study & Practice
- Civil Litigation: Practice and Procedure
- Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
This is a course on federalism, separation of powers, and the American judicial system. Coverage will include the jurisdiction of the federal courts, original and appellate--justiciability, Congressional authority to define and limit, diversity and federal-question jurisdiction, removal, and supplemental jurisdiction; some aspects of the law applicable in federal court--Erie, federal common law, implied rights of action, and civil rights actions and immunities of officials and governments; statutory and decisional abstention requirements; and judgments--direct Supreme Court review of federal and state court decisions, federal-state res judicata, and collateral attack via habeas corpus.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.