Federal Courts examines the powers and obligations of federal courts as well as the constitutional, statutory, and judicial rules that determine whether a civil case is tried in state court, federal court, or a federal administrative agency. Emphasis is placed on how the rules and their historical development reflect concerns about federalism and separation of powers. The doctrines covered in the course are often omitted or treated summarily in other law-school courses but are of vital interest to anyone litigating in federal court, raising federal issues in state court, or clerking for a federal judge.
The grade will be based on the combination of a paper and a final exam.
Updated April 6, 2015