Federal Courts

The course will explore the power of the federal courts of the United States to interpret and enforce federal law. Among the issues that will be covered are justiciability (standing, mootness ripeness and the political question doctrine); the scope of the federal judicial power; and the power of Congress to distribute the judicial function among federal courts and other federal tribunals, and between federal tribunals and state courts. The course will also examine the role of federal courts in regulating federal-state relations, including the federal judicial construction of state sovereign immunities, the power of federal courts to enjoin proceedings in state courts, and the obligation of federal courts to decline to adjudicate parallel law suits.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course