Civil Procedure

Section DI, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 65/65
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TRF
  • 1000-1120
  • WB152
08/25/2022 12/06/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Civil Procedure concerns the rules and practices governing civil litigation. We will begin by discussing the structure of the federal and state judicial system and the constitutional principles that undergird the procedural rules. We will then spend much of our class time examining the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), the body of federal law that lays out the procedures for bringing and defending a civil action in federal court. To better understand how the rules work in practice, the class will draft a simple complaint (the document that initiates litigation), a simple answer (the response to a complaint), and a set of questions to be asked during the discovery process. We will also read other federal statutes, legal filings, and court decisions that further elaborate on the meaning of these rules and the values underlying the civil justice system. Like the rest of your classes, this course is intended to teach you not only about a substantive area of the law, but also skills of interpretation and analysis that you will need to apply to most legal issues. We will spend a significant percentage of our class time parsing and applying the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which will assist you in learning the skill of statutory interpretation. We will also spend considerable time reading judicial decisions and discussing how the legal principles articulated in those opinions can be applied and extended to future cases by analogy. These skills are transferable, and will assist you not only in mastering the procedural rules governing civil litigation, but also in making legal arguments in all areas of the law.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any):
Description: Fixed exam at end of semester on December 15th at 8:30am. Details to be announced.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
1L Core Course
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Core Foundational
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM