This offering meets 2 hours per week, but is worth 3 points of credit. The additional point of credit reflects the instructor's certification that the course assignments require student engagement and responsibilities beyond that found in a two hour lecture course.
The Seminar in Advanced Civil Procedure brings together practicing lawyers, faculty, and students to explore central aspects of the civil litigation process, in depth, from both scholarly and practitioner perspectives. Our aim is for students to deepen their understanding of the litigation process through close and critical consideration of the leading and cutting-edge literature in the field and through conversation with litigators, judges and others who engage in and shape the field.
Students will post weekly responses to the reading on the courseweb. In addition, a short (6 - 8 pp) paper and a longer (under 20 pages), end-of-semester paper are required.
For approximately half of the semester's classes, a litigator (and, on occasion, a federal judge) will join the class discussion. In all classes, discussion will focus on identifying and exploring questions raised by the literature and on thinking both practically and theoretically about the relationship between the literature and the operation of civil litigation.