Course - Law
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Recommended Courses:

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Overview

This two-unit seminar examines trial and appellate courts in the United States, with a heavy emphasis on federal courts.  It covers how courts are organized and how they govern themselves; methods of selecting judges and the roles of various players in the process; the ethical rules governing judges and the mechanisms for dealing with alleged misconduct or disability; how judges are educated; how the rules of procedure are adopted and amended; how the judicial branch and individual judges interact with the legislative branch and individual legislators about legislation that may affect the administration of justice, including judicial branch funding; how the courts and the news media interact; how trial and appellate courts manage larger caseloads.

 

PART I:  STRUCTURE AND PERSONNEL

 

- Orientation and introduction to the class

- What is judicial administration and who

  cares about it?

- Judicial structure and personnel

- How courts administer themselves—structure

  and process, rulemaking

- Judicial selection

- Judicial education 

    

PART II:  DEALING WITH THE JUDICIAL & POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

 

- Judicial ethics, discipline

- Judicial ethics, discipline

- How courts deal with their environment—

  legislative relations generally

- How courts deal with their environment—

  appropriations

- How courts deal with their environment—the

  press

    

 

PART III: CASE MANAGEMENT

 

- Trial court management

- Trial court management; Appellate case

  management

- Appellate case management

- Course wrap-up

 
Materials  
Course Format  
Written Assignments

Three essays of varying lenghts.

 
Type of Exam

None

 
Basis for grading

Class participation and essays.

 
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