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    • 21002-01
    • Federal Courts and the Federal System
    • Purcell
    • Tue 12:10 PM-2:00 PM
      Mon 2:10 PM-4:00 PM
    • 4
    • -
    • open enrollment
    • exam required

    Federal Courts and the Federal System (21002). 4 units. The federal courts play central roles in the American judicial system as well as in the overall operations of American government on local, state, and national levels. Their history has tracked the nation's history; their practices and procedures have grown from that history; and the rules of law they articulated have helped shape that history. This course will examine the changing "law of the federal courts" and its relation to the political, social, economic, and ideological conflicts that have created contemporary America. It revolves around the fundamental constitutional principles of federalism and separation of powers, and it focuses on both the normatively proper and actually operative role of the national courts in American law and government. Among the broad topics it covers are the nature of the Article III judicial power, the lawmaking authority of the federal courts, the power of Congress over the national judicial system, the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the lower federal judiciary, the nature and scope of the Eleventh Amendment, statutory and other non-constitutional limitations on federal judicial power, the role of international law in the American legal system, and the authority of the national courts to provide legal remedies against governmental wrongdoing. Beneath the rules, principles, and technicalities in all of those areas lie the most fundamental political struggles that have driven American national development since the founding. Class participation will be a factor in determining final grades. Scheduled examination. E.A. Purcell, Jr.

    Location: SLB - 120 (Tue)
    SLB - 120 (Mon)
    Grade mode: graded
    CRN: 20155
    Exam: 5/01/2017 at 9:00 AM SLB: 128
    Questions available online
    Name or Id: Id
    Length: 3 hour(s)