Undergraduate Civil Procedure – GOVT 407

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the general rules and principles that dictate the process by which civil disputes are resolved by courts.
  2. Critique the relationship between the procedural and substantive law, pleadings, and principles of jurisdiction.
  3. Integrate biblical truths regarding civil law and procedure with real-world application of civil law theory and procedure.
  4. Contrast the allocation of jurisdiction between state and federal courts.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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.

Essays (2)

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.

Exams (3)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Quiz

The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 16 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.