1L Guide on Civil Procedure

Civil Procedure

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

You will study 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. 

This research guide is a supplement to, not a substitution for, any materials which your Civil Procedure Law professor requires or recommends.  This guide identifies various materials available to you, specifically:

  • Study aids and Reserve materials:
  • CALI, Lexis, and Westlaw study materials; and
  • Location of major sources.

Finally, please see the 1L Guide for Orientation for general information about the Law Library, including maps, how to print, etc.  If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the Law Library Research Services offices (235 - 239), email the librarians at lawref@scu.edu, or call them at (408) 554-4452.

Heafey Law Library Research Team