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Federal Courts Course Description - LAW701

3 Credits

This seminar reviews the jurisdiction of the federal courts, the distribution of judicial power between the federal and state court systems, and the roles of state and federal law in the federal system. Particular emphasis is given to federal constitutional litigation in the federal courts; the powers of the federal courts to remedy violations of federal rights; and the limitations on those powers. Areas of study include Section 1983 litigation, Bivens claims, suits against the federal government, common law immunities, and the various abstention doctrines. (Prerequisites: Civil Dispute Resolution and Procedure I & II.)