Federal Courts

Course Information

Course Number
L6425
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Constitutional Law
Type
Lecture
Additional Attributes
LLM NY Bar Exam Qualifier, Hybrid Course

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

This course examines the role of the federal courts in the American constitutional system. Specific topics include: congressional power to expand and limit the jurisdiction of Article III courts; constitutional and sub-constitutional doctrines limiting the cases and controversies that may be heard in Article III courts; the relationship between federal and state courts and between federal and state law; the federal courts' power to make "federal common law"; principal means of enforcing federal law against state and federal officers; doctrines of federal and state governmental immunity; and the law of federal habeas corpus (both in the context of post-conviction review and in the context of executive detention).

School Year & Semester
Fall 2020
Location
JGH 106
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
3:20 - 5:10 pm
Points
4
Method of Evaluation
Exam
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in judicial, legislative and/or administrative processes
Secondary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the historical development of law and legal institutions

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None

Additional Section for Federal Courts

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Spring 2021

Instructors

Location

TBA TBA

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Points

4
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