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Fall 2012
5406 Procedure - CRUMP- 12623
prof change 3-20-12

Professor(s): David Crump (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section A 

Time: 1:00p-2:20p  MTW  Location: 240  BLB

Course Outline: This course provides an introduction to the civil adjudicative process, primarily that of the federal courts, including jurisdiction, pleading, dispositive motions, discovery, and trial procedure.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus (pdf)

Course Notes:   


First Day Assignments: Obtain the casebook, the casebook supplement, and the photocopied materials from the Copy Center. The photocopied materials contain a syllabus of readings, which are arranged by classes, and the following assignments are simply statements of what is in the syllabus for the first two classes. Please learn to use the syllabus to obtain upcoming assignments for reading. The casebook supplement is available online at

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE FIRST MEETING: Read Casebook pp. 1-12 and consider the problems contained in those pages. (Notice that the answers are in the book at 12-13, so that you can check your understanding.) Then, read 28 U.S.C. § 1332 (in Casebook Supplement) and U.S. Constitution art. III § 2 (also in Supplement). Then, read Casebook pp. 14-19, through end of § 1.03. Finally, read the note on the Federal Rules at page 19.

Read photocopied handout p. 5 (3 complaints). Then, read Federal Rule of Civil Procedure ("FRCP") 8(a), 8(d)(1) (in Supplement); then read Casebook pp. 19-30, through end of § 1.04. Next, read FRCP 26(b)(1)-(2) (Supplement); then read Casebook pp.30-33 (Discovery), through note 1 on 33 (omit the other notes). Finally, read Rule 56(c) (Supplement) and pp. 34-36 (Summary Judgment).

Final Exam Schedule: 12/17 1-5pm  240 TU2  215 TU2  

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: