Federal Courts & Jurisdiction (SD 388)


This course offers advanced treatment of civil procedure and constitutional issues of great importance to any lawyer planning to practice in federal court, and of general interest to almost all lawyers. Many issues covered are strongly relevant to state-court practice as well. It is very strongly recommended for any student contemplating a judicial clerkship. Topics include: federal question and diversity jurisdiction; U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction; habeas corpus; abstention and other limitations on federal-court jurisdiction; relationships between federal, state, and Indian tribal courts; and governmental immunities. Students may choose to write a paper to satisfy the upper level writing requirement, or take the full 3 hour final exam. Paper writers will be required to take a one hour portion of the final exam. The paper would be the length expected for a 2 unit course.


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