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Fall 2020

Course Description
This course begins where Civil Procedure I ends, providing in-depth coverage of all stages of civil litigation. One objective of the course is to provide a strong background in the law of modern American civil procedure. Thus, the course will be of interest to those students focusing on litigation, as well as those students who plan to focus on transactional law but want a better understanding of litigation risk management. But another objective of the course is to consider the policy implications of procedural law. Law school classes tend to distinguish the "substantive" law from the "procedure" by which the law is adjudicated, but the two are intertwined. In fact, substantive law can be thwarted by such mundane procedural doctrines as the specificity required in a complaint. Accordingly, the course will introduce students to analytical methods to assess the impact of procedures on the substantive aims of the law. Topics covered in the course include pleading, motion practice, discovery, summary judgment, trial, settlement theory and practice, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, joinder, judgments, and appellate review.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   T  4:10 PM-5:50 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:
Online (synchronous and asynchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Civil Procedure: Examples & Explanations
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Joseph Glannon
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 8
    ISBN: 9781454894025
  • Textbook Name: Civil Procedure: Materials for a Basic Course
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Richard H. Field, Benjamin Kaplan & Kevin M. Clermont
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 13
    ISBN: 9781634605281
  • Textbook Name: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Kevin Clermont
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    Edition: 2020
    ISBN: 9781684679997
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: For the first assignment, please read the following case: Shady Grove Orthopedic Assocs., P.A. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 130 S. Ct. 1431 (2010). A pdf of the case is attached.

    • Richard H. Field et al., Civil Procedure: Materials for a Basic Course (13th ed. 2020) ("FK")

    • Kevin M. Clermont, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2020) ("FRCP")

    • All other required readings will be posted on Blackboard, ("B")

    Please note that the 12th edition of the casebook and the 2019 edition of the FRCP will be permitted for those students who have difficulty obtaining the new casebook.

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Civil Procedure 2 will be taught online for the fall semester. Below is the Zoom link and pass code for all synchronous classes: • zoom: • passcode: 2u348p The class will also consist of asynchronous videos that will be posted on Blackboard. For some weeks I will schedule a one-hour synchronous supplement rather than pre-record a video. I will let you know when that happens, and when those one hour supplements will be scheduled. If you cannot make these additional meetings, I will post a recording of them to Blackboard.

    Shady Grove, 559_U.S._393.pdf



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5899
Office: G380