Undergraduate Civil Procedure – GOVT 407

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/05/2021

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the procedural rules that govern civil litigation.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The civil legal system is far more than a set of rules or procedures—it is a system of justice providing an orderly, efficient, and fair resolution of civil litigation. Thus, this course not only addresses the relationship between procedural and substantive law; it explores the responsibility of counsel to act honorably and ethically within the intended framework. In addition, civil procedure continues to connect the knowledge of the body of law with a framework for teaching the student how to apply it. In short, the student will learn to master the principles, rules, and vocabulary of civil procedure necessary to be an effective counselor, mediator, and advocate.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 200–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100–200 words.

Essay Assignments

The student will write two 1–2-page essays in current Bluebook format that focus on a topic selected by the instructor. Each paper must include at least 3 references from the course materials.


There are four quizzes. Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes.