Introduction to Civil Procedure / Edition 1

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This lively, accessible student treatise breaks down the complex principles of civil procedure into small, easily-digested bites, then builds them back up into a comprehensive model for students. Extremely well written by Richard Freer, popular BAR/BRI lecturer and casebook author, whose 1L video is shown in virtually every law school in the country, INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL PROCEDURE provides much-needed assistance for students struggling with this difficult area.

Both students and instructors will appreciate these important features of Freer's method:

  • covers all of the major topics in civil procedure, making the book suitable for use with any casebook
  • each chapter opens with a \-Defining the Issue\- section that clearly explains the major concepts, provides context in commonsensical terms, and explains how the topics in the chapter differ from — but fit in with — other topics
  • integrates the topics of the course and emphasizes overarching issues to help students fit the smaller pieces in the larger picture; for example, a student might understand the individual concepts of personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and venue, but not see that these three tie into one overarching issue: selection of a court
  • easily spotted bulleted lists provide hypotheticals for especially difficult principles — such as aggregation and supplemental jurisdiction — that show students how to apply the doctrine and rules to the facts

In addition, the book encourages students to have fun with the material by:

  • discussing the Pete Rose case and the Liz Taylor-Richard Burton case
  • relating an amusing opinion in which a judge went ballistic
  • wondering why the Mottleys, who had been injured by a railroad, would settle their claims for free passes on the same railroad

As the author says, -This book is my avuncular present to students — telling them what civil procedure is, why it matters, and, crucially, how the various doctrines fit together into a comprehensive whole.- Examine a copy of INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL PROCEDURE and see for yourself how well this award-winning teacher has succeeded.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735540224
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Introduction to Law Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 806
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The study of civil procedure 1
Ch. 2 Personal jurisdiction 35
Ch. 3 Notice and opportunity to be heard 123
Ch. 4 Subject matter jurisdiction 151
Ch. 5 Venue 227
Ch. 6 Challenging the selection of forum 259
Ch. 7 Pleadings, amended pleadings, and judgments based upon pleadings 277
Ch. 8 Discovery and judicial management of litigation 347
Ch. 9 Adjudication and related motions 393
Ch. 10 The Erie doctrine(s) 455
Ch. 11 The preclusion doctrines 509
Ch. 12 Defining the scope of litigation : joinder rules and subject matter jurisdiction 587
Ch. 13 Special multiparty litigation 671
Ch. 14 Appellate review 751
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