Law 684:  Federal Courts

This course introduces the basic doctrines and concepts comprising the study of the American federal judicial system.  Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: constitutional remedies, federal common law, the relationship between the federal and state courts, and invocation of federal judicial power.  Additionally, this course will address several philosophical questions relating to the organization and function of the federal judiciary.

This course has three objectives: (1) familiarize students with the doctrines and concepts that govern the federal judicial system; (2) assist students in developing the ability to analyze those doctrines and concepts, and to persuasively apply them to varied factual situations, and; (3) deepen students’ understanding of the historical, philosophical, and practical considerations that underlie the federal judicial system.

Sequence and Prerequisites: None.

Evaluation: Assessment is based on a combination of midterm examination, final examination, and class participation.

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