Law Course Catalog

7659. Federal Courts

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Student Option

This course looks at jurisdiction of the federal courts and conflicts between the federal and state judicial systems. It includes consideration of: the nature of the federal judicial power in relation to the other powers of the national government and to state powers in a federal system; justiciability; federal question and diversity jurisdiction; application of federal or state law; federal common law; actions against state officers; the abstention doctrines; Supreme Court review of state court decisions. Problems of pendent, ancillary, removal and habeas corpus jurisdiction are addressed as time permits.