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LAWS 7792 Federal Courts (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course involves a study of the role of the federal courts in the operation of the federal system. It concerns questions of federalism (the appropriate distribution of power between the Federal government and the states) and questions of separation of powers (the allocation of authority between Congress and the Courts). Therefore to a large extent it is an applied constitutional law course about the structural relationships of government. The teaching method involves discussion of problems and cases with some reading of excerpts from law review articles. The problems are designed to consider how these issues arise in litigation. Two to three short written memos (2 to 5 pages) analyzing the problems will be required. The grade will be based upon the final exam.


Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13