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Federal Courts (Struve)

Spring 2024   LAW 638-001  

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Catherine Struve

David E. Kaufman & Leopold C. Glass Professor of Law

Additional Information

Skills Training

99% Exam,
1% Other (Credit will be given, to a limited extent, for informed class participation.)

In Class,
Partial Open Book (Students may consult any materials that are printed or written on paper.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
TWR 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Gittis Hall 214



This course examines the functions, powers and responsibilities of the federal courts, and considers their relationships with state governments and with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. Topics covered will include justiciability; congressional authority over, and statutory and judge-made limits on, federal jurisdiction; Supreme Court review of state court judgments; federal common law; suits challenging state and federal government action, and immunities asserted in such suits; and federal habeas corpus. There will be an in-class exam.

Course Concentrations

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.


"Federal Courts: Cases and Materials" by Siegel
Edition: 3d
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781543858051