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Lessons on civil procedure
Lessons on many topics in civil procedure.
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Outlines for First-Year Courses
Hornbooks, Treatises, and Nutshells
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Civil Procedure by
Call Number: KF8840 .F72 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Subject-matter jurisdiction and venue; Personal jurisdiction; Ascertaining the applicable law; Modern pleading; Joinder of parties and claims; Discovery; The pretrial conference; Adjudication without trial; The trial process; Jury trial; Verdicts and judgments; Appeals; Former adjudication; Securing and enforcing judgments; Specialized proceedings: class actions, derivative suits, and interpleader
Questions and Answers by
Call Number: KF8841 .D65 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-22
Multiple choice and short answer questions and answers.
Understanding Civil Procedure by
Call Number: KF8840 .S48 2013
Selecting a court: an introduction; A court with jurisdiction over persons and things; Notice and opportunity to be heard; A court with jurisdiction over the subject; A convenient court; Ascertaining the applicable law; Simple pleading and practice; Complex pleading and practice; Discovery; Disposition without trial; Trial and post-trial motions; Appeal; Remedies; Respect for final judgments
Hornbook? Treatise? What?
Hornbook = single-volume scholarly work on a specific area of law geared towards law students. Hornbooks are very often condensed versions of longer works, called treatises.
Treatise = scholarly work, often multi-volume and with the author's name in the title (e.g., Corbin on Contracts). These offer in-depth analysis of an area of law, and include historical information and current trends.
Nutshell = short, single-volume, pocket-sized overview of an area of law, published by Thomson/West.
Law School Legends Audio on Civil Procedure by
Call Number: KF8841 .F74 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-18
Disc 1. Introduction; Personal jurisdiction; In personam jurisdiction; Constitutional standard; due process analysis
Disc 2. Due process analysis (cont.); Statutory inquiry; In rem and quasi-in-rem jurisdiction; Notice and the opportunity to be heard; Service of process; Constitutional standard for notice
Disc 3. Opportunity to be heard; Subject matter jurisdiction; Diversity of citizenship; Citizens of different states; Amount in controversy; Federal question
Disc 4. Supplemental jurisdiction; Removal jurisdiction; Venue; Basic provisions; Transfer of venue
Disc 5. Forum non conveniens; The Erie Doctrine; Hanna v. Plumer; Erie itself; Hypotheticals; Pleadings; Rule 11; Complaint
Disc 6. Defendant's response; Motions; Answer; Amended and supplemental pleadings; Joinder; Proper parties; Claim joinder by the plaintiff; Claim joinder by the defendant; Counterclaim; Crossclaim
Disc 7. Necessary and indispensable parties; Impleader; Intervention; The class action; Discovery; Required disclosures; Discovery tools; Deposition; Interrogatories; Requests to produce; Medical examination; Requests to admit
Disc 8. Scope of discovery; standard; Privilege; Work product; Enforcement of discovery rules; Conferences; Pretrial adjudication; Conferences; Pretrial adjudication; Voluntary dismissal; Involuntary dismissal; Default and default judgment; Failure to state a claim (Rule 12(b)(6)); Motion for summary judgment; Trial; Right to jury trial
Disc 9. Selection of jury; Motions related to trial; JMOL; RJMOL; New trial; Appellate review; Final judgment rule; Interlocutory review; Statutes; Federal rules; Common law; Extraordinary writs; Standard of review; Preclusion
Disc 10. What law applies; Claim preclusion; Issue preclusion; Conclusion