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222 sec. 001 - Federal Courts (Spring 2022)

Instructor: William A. Fletcher  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MWTh 08:35 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 140
From January 10, 2022
To April 26, 2022

Course Start: January 10, 2022
Course End: April 26, 2022
Class Number: 31478

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 50
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This course examines the role of the federal and state courts in the federal system. This is an advanced course in constitutional law, civil procedure, and choice of law. The course will cover the following topics: the case or controversy requirement (standing, mootness, ripeness, political question, advisory opinions); the power of Congress to regulate the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and (indirectly) state courts; non-Article III courts; Supreme Court review of state court judgments; section 1983 civil rights suits; equitable abstention; a one class lecture and question-and-answer session with District Judge (ret.) Thelton Henderson; and, time permitting, a one class lecture on federal habeas corpus for state prisoners.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure

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Required Books are in blue

  • Hart & Wechsler's Federal Courts etc (Casebook)
    Edition: 7th 2015
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9781609304270
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $255.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Hart & Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System (2021 Supplement)
    Fallon et al
    Edition: 2021
    Publisher: Foundation Press/West Academic
    ISBN: 9781647088835
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 23.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Gilbert Law Summaries on Federal Courts
    Fletcher and Pfander
    Edition: 6th, 2019
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9781642427028
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 51.00
    Price Source: user provided

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