Law & the Regulatory State-Civ Pro II



SLN #: 26218
Course Prefix: LAW-598
Course Section: 006
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor(s): Bartels

Course Description:
Civil Procedure II is a four-credit course that will focus on the Rules of Civil Procedure (rather than non-Rules topics such as jurisdiction and res judicata) and how lawyers use the Rules in litigating civil cases from initiation through the pre-trial stages. The class sessions will be devoted primarily to "re-litigating" a real personal-injury case, Ruelas v. APS, under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (but with attention to significant differences between the Federal and Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure). The course materials will consist of a series of handouts that include (a) questions that ask students to apply the relevant Rules to the Ruelas case; (b) important case precedents; and (c) investigative reports, court papers, and documentary and photographic exhibits from the actual Ruelas case file. The course will re-cover some topics that were covered in most first-year Civil Procedure sections in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years, either quickly to refresh recollections or in considerably more depth; and the course also will cover Rules that were not covered in any meaningful sense in the first year. The idea is to concentrate on those areas that are most important to the pre-trial litigation process (and, coincidentally, to the bar exam).

The final exam will be a combination of short-answer and traditional essay questions. Students will be permitted to bring any inanimate object that does not belong to the Law Library with them to the exam.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 4
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: Blackboard