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This course covers the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and associated case law. If you enjoyed Civil Procedure, but found that federal practice contained too few waiver traps, confusingly numbered rules, writs that were already considered archaic in the 15th Century, maxims with names like "Nanty Glo," and swirling procedural eddies that exist purely because no one can be bothered to correct them, this class is for you. Alternately, if you wish to practice in Pennsylvania, but do not wish to lose your client's case because you are surprised by a procedural trap, this class is for you. Finally, if you wish to compete for the prestigous and valuable ($500) Hon. R. Stanton Wettick (Ret.) Prize for Excellence in Pennsylvania Practice, then this class is definitely for you. There will be writing in this class, but don't worry. If you mess up here, you might lose a couple of points. If you mess up out there, you get a malpractice suit and a visit to the Disciplinary Board. Welcome to the profession: we hope you survive the experience.
There will be an in-class final exam.