This course covers the major topics that arise in litigating civil cases in the federal courts of the United States. Following an introduction to the structure and process for judicial review in the federal and state courts, the readings and discussions will cover personal and subject matter jurisdiction in federal court and the litigation process under various provisions of the federal rules of civil procedure (e.g. pleadings, motions practice, discovery, joinder of parties and claims, special multiparty litigation, etc.), related statutory requirements and provisions, scope of litigation issues, problems of mixed federal and state law claims, what law applies in federal court, and repetitious litigation. Some general attention is given to the appellate review process, certain state rules as well as interaction with foreign law. The course will refer to the legal research methods for updating and tracking new developments in the law concerning the subjects course topics.