[The] Original Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court (21759). 2 units. Focusing on a few fascinating cases, this course will examine a little-studied but critical part of the work of the Supreme Court of the United States. Under Article III, § 2, cl. 2 of the Constitution, the original jurisdiction extends to “all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls and those in which a State shall be a party.” We will closely analyze parties’ submissions as well as the Court’s decisions in the cases studied. Of particular interest are the historical background for and scope of the constitutional grant of jurisdiction; the important role of the original jurisdiction in the constitutional plan and its interaction with other provisions of the Constitution and the Court’s far broader discretionary appellate jurisdiction; Congress’s power with respect to the original jurisdiction; the sources of law to which the Court turns; the procedures it employs; and emerging issues. Paper required. E.R. Fidell.