Introduction to the nature and operation of the federal court system. The judicial power of the United States, the nature of a federal question, diversity of citizenship, jurisdictional amount, removal jurisdiction. The Erie Doctrine and abstention. State/federal relations, habeas corpus, and civil rights litigation. Appellate jurisdiction of the Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prerequisite: 114 Civil Procedure. Approved IP LL.M. course.