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244.1 sec. 001 - Advanced Civil Procedure: Complex Litigation (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Andrew David Bradt  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 105
From January 12, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Th 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 110
From January 12, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 12, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 31932

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 82
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 100
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

The subject of this course is complex civil litigation. The complexity stems from, among other things, technical issues, high stakes, multiple parties, and multiple jurisdictions in a federal system. We will focus in particular on how the litigation process deals with situations where many persons have been affected by the defendant's conduct. To start, we will revisit some topics you likely covered in the first-year procedure course, including the basics of jurisdiction, preclusion, and simple joinder, among others. We will then delve deeply into material you may not have covered in depth, or at all, in the first year, primarily class actions and multidistrict litigation (MDL)--and how they fit into the larger procedural system. The material is difficult and deals with issues that have been perennial subjects of judicial and political controversy--in Congress and state legislatures, in a divided Supreme Court, and in the federal rulemaking process. We will master the relevant doctrine and policy, nurture the ability to think like a lawyer about the many strategic and tactical issues involved in litigating these cases on both sides of the "v.", and investigate the policy choices involved in designing systems to deal with cases of this kind. This course is important, if not essential, for prospective litigators; pure pleasure for procedure enthusiasts.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure

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