Course Details

Federal Jurisdiction

This course examines the role and responsibilities of the federal courts in this country's system of government. Particular attention is paid to the structural principles of separation of powers and federalism. Topics to be considered include the origins and functions of the federal judiciary; the justiciability doctrines of standing, ripeness, and mootness; congressional power to control the jurisdiction of the federal courts; legislative courts; state courts and federal power; the various sources of federal jurisdiction; federal common law; state sovereign immunity; the various abstention doctrines; and the role of the Supreme Court. The reading materials in this course will include a required hardcover textbook, and a course packet and recent decisions of the Supreme Court, which will made available electronically. Grades will be based on a final examination, as well as on class attendance and participation.


Catalog Number: CONPUB 650
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional Law & ProcedureProcedure Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Open to First Year Students


Course History

Fall 2014
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Pfander, James E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 31



Spring 2014
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Kontorovich, Eugene (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 11



Fall 2013
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Redish, Martin H. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 40



Spring 2013
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Kontorovich, Eugene (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 20



Fall 2012
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Pfander, James E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 58



Spring 2012
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Pfander, James E. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 34



Fall 2011
Title: Federal Jurisdiction
Faculty: Redish, Martin H. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 48