Civil Procedure General Recommendations

LAW 5301 (4 credits)
Professor Pedro A. Malavet

Course Description

General Recommendations on how to use these notes and answers to "big" questions, such as:
Are study aids the work of the devil?

I have created this section in the website to post General Comments about how to approach the class notes and how to find supplemental information.

How to read my notes. These notes are intended to serve as guides to the major issues to be discussed in class in any one date. You are welcome to download them and use them as a template for taking notes during class.

I will additionally point you to supplemental information as well as address questions that I may not be able to address in class, at least in the level of detail that I would wish.

Are Study Aids the Work of the Devil? One often asked question regards study aids. I do not regard study aids as the work of the devil, but I do warn you against using them as a substitute for reviewing the class material (please refer to my more detailed discussion in the Essay: How to take a law school exam (From Me)).

That said, I have used Professor Joseph Glannon's CIVIL PROCEDURE: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS to prepare some of my graphics for class, as noted here, and I find it generally to be a great resource for students in this course. His GUIDE TO CIVIL PROCEDURE is also excellent, but I have borrowed mostly from the EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS in the past.

As I mentioned in class, I find Professor Erwin Chemerinsky's hornbook on FEDERAL JURISDICTION (now published by ASPEN) a helpful resource on the history and development of the U.S. court system, which many students will find highly instructive.