Complex LitigationClass Term:
Spring Term 2019-2020Catalog Number:
3 (0 Contact, 0 Field)Graduation Requirements:
General Enrollment CourseFull Year Course:
Grading for the course will be based upon the following: multidistrict litigation brief (25%); class certification brief (25%); two oral arguments (20%); quizzes (25%); and class participation (5%).
Complex Litigation picks up where first-year Civil Procedure left off, going beyond basic concepts and rules to explore the unique procedural challenges posed by complicated civil actions in diverse areas of law, including civil rights, employment, mass tort, and environmental and institutional reform. Our focus will be on complex cases brought by lawyers seeking to promote social change. At its core, this is a course in advanced civil procedure examining the procedural aspects of civil litigation that involve multiple claims and parties, as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes. Procedural emphasis will be on class actions and multi-district litigation. Additionally, we will examine joinder, aggregated claims, preclusion, discovery, administration, and settlement in the context of multi-party and multi-forum lawsuits.