Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie RdCharlottesville, Virginia 22903
This course is about the federal judicial system and its relationship to various other decision-makers, including Congress and the state courts. We will examine the jurisdiction of the federal courts; the elements of a justiciable case or controversy; the role of state law and so-called "federal common law" in federal courts; implied causes of action; and state sovereign immunity.
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
This seminar will explore current issues in the law of federal courts. Topics may include standing, political questions, non-Article III adjudication, qualified immunity, habeas corpus, stare decisis, and judicial rhetoric.