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Welcome to Civil Procedure

This course examines the fundamental stages of litigation, including how to determine the proper jurisdiction and venue; how to commence a lawsuit; managing claims and parties to a lawsuit; and how to gather evidence from the opposition through discovery.

Transcript

Welcome to Civil Procedure! Designed for first-year law students, our civil procedure course features 32 video lessons divided into six chapters, plus 280 practice questions. 

The first chapter covers a favorite exam topic: personal jurisdiction, or the court’s power over the parties. Here, we’ll introduce personal jurisdiction, examine its statutory and constitutional dimensions, and discuss the key Supreme Court cases. After that, we’ll study the peculiar doctrines of in-rem and quasi in-rem jurisdiction. 

Chapter two, Subject-Matter Jurisdiction, addresses the court’s power to hear the case. This chapter will prepare you to tackle federal question, diversity, removal, and supplemental jurisdiction. 

Chapter three, Pleadings, explores six crucial topics: service of the summons and complaint; the complaint, the answer, and pre-answer motions; default judgment; failure to state a claim under Rule 12(b)(6); amending pleadings under Rule 15; and perhaps our sexiest topic, procedure and sanctions under Rule 11. 

Chapter 4, Claims and Parties, covers four highly testable issues: res judicata, collateral estoppel, joinder, and joinder’s relationship to subject-matter jurisdiction.

Chapter 5, Discovery, examines how the parties obtain evidence from each other and from third parties. Here, we’ll learn about the scope of discovery; mandatory pre-trial disclosures; common discovery devices like depositions, interrogatories, and subpoenas; and the work-product doctrine. 

Chapter 6 starts with venue, or which particular federal district court should hear the case. After venue, we’ll help you get a handle on the always-confounding Erie doctrine. Finally, we’ll cover what is probably the most often-filed dispositive motion in civil litigation: the summary-judgment motion. 

If you watch our lessons, take our quizzes, and read our Civil Procedure outline, you’ll know everything needed to ace your civil procedure exam. Let’s get started. 

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