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Federal Courts

Federal Courts - Professor John Parry

  • Course Number: LAW-356
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: Federal Courts addresses basic issues in federal litigation. Topics include: the components of a federal case; who can bring the case; whether the case can be brought in federal court (instead of state court or a federal administrative agency); the law-making power of federal courts; when a federal court must abstain from hearing a case; and the scope of federal courts’ authority to enforce individual rights claims. For each topic, we examine the doctrinal rules, the federalism and separation of powers issues that support those rules, and the application of those rules through problems drawn from real cases. The topics covered in this course are of vital importance to anyone litigating civil or criminal cases in federal court, raising federal issues in state court, or clerking for a federal judge.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Final exam; short paper
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no