Federal Jurisdiction is an interesting combination of Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure. As such, it provides an excellent capstone opportunity for students who are about to take the bar exam. Federal Jurisdiction explores the role of the federal courts in the constitutional order. When should the federal courts become involved in a case and when should the courts step back and let the majoritarian branches of the federal government or the states take care of the particular problem at hand? This course explores situations in which the courts have decided (perhaps imprudently) to step in and those in which the courts have decided to refrain from deciding a particular case. The situations in which the courts are confronted with these choices will be explored, while we consider the role of the federal courts in our system of government.
This is an elective course.