Law 212 - Federal Courts

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

D. Marcus J. Varat

General Course Description:

The course will take up four major topics:

(i) Justiciability, including standing, mootness, ripeness, and political questions.
(ii) Jurisdiction, including issues of congressional control of lower and Supreme Court adjudicatory power.
(iii) The lawmaking power of the federal courts.
(iv) Suing government, including immunity doctrines, causes of action, and habeas corpus. 

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. 

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Marcus 21S 212 LEC 1 MTR 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM 4.0 No No
  Prerequisite: Law 145. Civil Procedure.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jonathan Varat 19S 212 LEC 1 TWR 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM 4.0 No No
Richard Re 20S 212 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 No No
Trial Advocacy;