Civil Procedure

SLN #: 87597
Course Prefix: LAW-518
Course Section: 003
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor(s): Sahani

Course Description:
This course introduces the procedures, principles, and rules that govern civil litigation (not criminal matters), focusing on federal court. Specifically, you will study personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, venue, choice of law (the “Erie doctrine”), pleading, joinder, discovery, summary judgment, and the preclusion doctrine. This class is different from most of your other first-year substantive law classes in one important respect. Courses such as torts, property, and contracts are known as "common law" courses in which the relevant legal principles derive from and develop through, primarily, judicial decisions. In contrast, civil procedure derives from formal court rules, statutes, the Constitution, and judicial interpretations thereof. As a result, most of the cases that you will read and consider in civil procedure interpret and apply formally codified procedural rules, statutes, or constitutional provisions. Ultimately, this course will help you develop and hone your legal analytical skills by reading, synthesizing, and applying rules, statutes, and case law.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 4
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: none
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class - Completely Secure
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.