Course Description



Distance Learning via Rutgers School of Law-Newark

LE = 28

Exception: Students who have taken Federal Courts (692) may not take Federal Jurisdiction.

An inquiry into the powers of the various federal courts, and into the science, art, and politics of successfully invoking their powers. The justiciability doctrines emanating from Article III, the use of federal common law, the interpretation of "arising under" jurisdiction, the Eleventh Amendment, and the implications of concurrent jurisdiction with state courts, will be addressed.  The jurisdiction and limitations of non Article III tribunals, the abstention doctrines and appellate jurisdiction will also be covered. Part of the course will also examine the interpretation of 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983.