Federal Courts

Course Information

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

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

Federal Courts is principally about judicial power, including the extent and nature of that power, the constitutional and sub-constitutional limits on that power, and how that power is exercised by the federal courts to protect the separation of powers and other fundamental constitutional principles.

Our topics will include the constitutional scope of the jurisdiction of the federal courts (and Congress’s power to constrain that jurisdiction); the legal authority for, and substantive limits on, non-Article III courts; military tribunals and other non-Article III adjudicators; the jurisdictional interplay between state and federal courts; the complicated field of “federal common law”; the availability of--and scope of sovereign and official immunity from--suits challenging state and federal official action; judge-made doctrines that limit the exercise of federal jurisdiction; and the procedural minefield that is federal habeas corpus for state prisoners.

Our study of each issue focuses on current doctrines, structures, policies, and important historical developments. This focus necessarily includes within its sweep some fundamental questions about the proper horizontal separation of powers between the political branches and the judiciary, the proper vertical separation of powers between federal and state courts, and the structural and individualized constitutional issues raised by any of the relevant actors’ attempts to alter the traditional arrangements.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2021
Location
JGH 104
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Wednesday
10:10 - 12:00 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 a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
  • 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 the historical development of law and legal institutions
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in judicial, legislative and/or administrative processes

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None

Additional Section for Federal Courts

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Spring 2022

Instructors

Location

WJWH L107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Points

4
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