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Federal Habeas Corpus

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 2

This course will study the evolution of the federal habeas corpus remedy, especially in the context of how federal courts review state-law convictions. The course’s focus will be on how the habeas remedy is utilized in the federal court system today, but it will also explore the Great Writ’s foundations in our constitutional system, as well as the modern application of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Our course will provide you an opportunity to observe how constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure and even trial and appellate practice all bear upon the federal courts’ struggle to apply habeas corpus law to individual cases.