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UT Law School Classes - Spring 2013

Federal Courts

Instructor: Sager, L Credits: 4 Course ID: 486 Unique #29435
     Day    Time   Location
   Monday 3:45 pm - 5:35 pm TNH 3.124
   Wednesday 3:45 pm - 5:35 pm TNH 3.124
Exam Type    Test Date Time      Name Range Regular Room Extegrity Room
  Floating
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
In this course, we take a hard look at some major structural features of the American legal system, with inevitable spill-over into features of law in modern democratic states more generally.  We will be concerned with both doctrine and the conceptual underpinnings of doctrine.  Our topics will likely include:  Marbury and justiciability; the special case of the political question doctrine and the adjuncts of judicial deference and underenforcement; congressional control of jurisdiction; multi-judge courts, modern Supreme Court practice, and the doctrinal paradox; the 11th Amendment; civil rights jurisdiction; the interaction of state and federal courts and state and federal official conduct more generally; abstention; and habeas corpus. 

The course will provide a valuable foundation for anyone who plans to clerk in either the federal judicial system or in the courts of a state, and for anyone whose professional plans will include or touch upon modern litigation.  But beyond that, it aims to offer interested students a sophisticated look at the adjudicatory bones of our legal system.

Ideas and arguments are what matter most; as a result, classroom exchange is a central element of the course, and participation will inflect grades.  The examination will be a floating exam, designed in the hope that it will actually be interesting.

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