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Fall 2020
5308 Federal Courts - KUMAR- 26454

Professor(s): Sapna Kumar (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location:  

Course Outline: This course covers the jurisdiction of the federal courts and a number of other issues concerning the relationship of the federal and state courts. Specific topics to be covered include: congressional control over the jurisdiction of the federal courts; justiciability doctrines such as standing; enforcement of federal rights against state officials; federal question and diversity jurisdiction, including supplemental jurisdiction; federal common law; the 11th Amendment and sovereign immunity; abstention doctrines; and federal appellate jurisdiction, including United States Supreme Court review of state court judgments.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus REVISED 09/14/2020

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Although it has not yet been administratively implemented, students may choose to take this course for a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade in lieu of a letter grade. Contact Professor Kumar for more information.


First Day Assignments: p.115–132

Final Exam Schedule: 12/07 9am - noon     

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (5/7/2020 1:27:44 PM)

Book(s) Required

ISBN 9781683280064
Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations 9th
Author: Curtis Bradley; Peter Low; John Jeffries Jr.
Publisher: West Academic
Edition: 9th, Ninth, 9e Year: 2018 Format: Hardcover 1562 pages
ISBN 13: 9781683280064