Professors Edward A. Purcell Jr. and Donald Zeigler
Explores the role of the federal courts in the federal system, integrating study of constitutional provisions and the realities of federal court practice. Strongly suggested for any student intending to pursue a career in litigation. Topics generally include justiciability, Congressional control of federal court jurisdiction, federal question jurisdiction, the Fourteenth Amendment and 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Eleventh Amendment, Supreme Court review of state courts decisions, legislative courts, federal common law, and the abstention doctrines.