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Fall 2020 Course

Civil Procedure 1

Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule

This is a course about the processes that courts follow in deciding disputes in noncriminal cases. It deals with the way in which conflicts are framed for courts, the stages through which litigation pass, the division of power among the various decision-makers in the legal system and between the state and federal courts, the territorial limitations on the exercise of judicial power, the principles that define the consequences of a decision once a court has finished with a case, and the special opportunities and problems of litigation involving multiple disputants. Throughout the course, considerable attention will be devoted to the goals, values, costs, and tensions underlying our adversarial system of adjudication.


(1) Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton & Hershkoff, CIVIL PROCEDURE: CASES AND MATERIALS (12th ed. 2018) (ISNB 978-1634605847) – West Academic Publishing
(2) 2020-2021 CIVIL PROCEDURE SUPPLEMENT (ISBN 978-1684679706) – West Academic Publishing (this new edition is due out on July 13th)
(3) Gerald Stern, BUFFALO CREEK DISASTER (2d Vintage ed. 2008 (ISBN 978-0307388490

(4) Joseph Glannon: CIVIL PROCEDURE EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS (8th ED. 2018) (ISBN: 9781454894025)