1L Guide on Civil Procedure

This guide is designed to assist first year law students by suggesting additional materials that they may find useful as they prepare for class.

Civil Procedure

 Civil Procedure is a two-semester course for all first-year students.

The course description:

The study of the rules, standards, and values that govern the procedures used in civil cases in the federal district courts of the United States. Drawing from constitutional and statutory texts, and emphasizing the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the course covers civil litigation issues including: jurisdiction, choice of law, venue, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial motions, trial through judgment, joinder of parties and claims, and finality of judgments. The course also constitutes an introduction to legal strategy and the professional responsibility of lawyers in representing their clients. (Two-semester course; 6 units)

Your professor may assign readings before the first class session. Check the law school bulletin board, ClaraNet, and your email account for details. Early in the semester your profession will distribute a syllabus, which is usually available online via ClaraNet, LexisNexis, TWEN, or other courseware.  Your professor will tell you what course software they will use and where to find your materials at, or before, the first class. Anyone in the law library research services department can help you with ClaraNet access. Our Westlaw and Lexis representatives, student representatives, and our Lexis and Westlaw liaison, Ellen Platt, can assist you with TWEN and LexisNexis.

This guide supplements materials and readings which your professor recommends. Some items may be hard copy materials available in the Heafey Law Library, or electronic resources accessible via law library subscriptions. He or she may recommend a large number of additional resources which may be helpful in understanding course concepts, but you are not generally expected to read or use them all!

Please keep in mind that the law library does not purchase law school textbooks. We will only have the textbook for your  class if your professor has put copies on reserve for the class or if previous students have donated their textbooks after finishing the class. In the latter case, the textbook may already be out of date. If you want to check on our holdings, use OSCAR -- the law library catalog -- to search by author or title for the texts and supplements listed on your syllabus.

Stop by the library, email the reference librarians, or use Chat with librarian if you have questions that aren't answered by this guide. If you want to discuss the guide or other legal research topics with me, my contact information is in the box in the right-hand column. Use the Feedback form in the left-hand column to suggest changes to the research guide.

Please come see us in the library if you have questions!