Law 212 - Federal Courts

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

R. Re J. Varat


General Course Description:

The course will take up four major topics:

(i) Justiciability, including standing, mootness, ripeness, and political questions.
(ii) Statutory jurisdiction, including issues of congressional control.
(iii) Immunity, including sovereign immunity and qualified immunity.
(iv) Habeas Corpus, including post-conviction and Guantánamo cases.

These topics are broadly relevant for litigation but have special import for certain types of practice. Most obviously, the above material is important for federal constitutional litigation, which paradigmatically involves civil rights but also frequently features business interests. On the defense side, many government attorneys deploy material covered early in the class to defeat various types of litigation. And much of the material is critically relevant for criminal, post-conviction, and prison work. The course also addresses a number of procedural issues that pertain to almost any form of legal practice, such as the force of precedent and rules pertaining to issue preservation.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Re 20S 212 LEC 1 Unscheduled 4.0 No No
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Re 18S 212 LEC 1 TR 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 4.0 No No
Jonathan Varat 19S 212 LEC 1 TWR 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM 4.0 No No