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244.1 sec. 001 - Advanced Civil Procedure: Complex Litigation (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Andrew Bradt  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


WThF 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM
Location: Law 140
From August 23, 2023
To December 01, 2023

Course Start: August 23, 2023
Course End: December 01, 2023
Class Number: 32434

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 63
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 68
As of: 12/01 05:03 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 overlapping jurisdictions in a federal system. To start, we will revisit some topics you likely covered in the first-year procedure course but in greater depth, including the basics of jurisdiction, preclusion, choice of law, and joinder. We will then delve deeply into material you may not have covered in depth, or at all, in the first year, primarily mass and 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 essential for future litigators; pure pleasure for procedure enthusiasts.

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

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  • Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Advanced Civil Procedure
    Richard L. Marcus | Edward F. Sherman | Howard M. Erichson | Andrew D. Bradt
    Edition: 7th ed 2021
    Publisher: West Academic
    ISBN: 9781647081515
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: $248.00
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