Complex Civil Litigation   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 710 - Complex Civil Litigation

Credits: 3

This course will study legal doctrine and current "best practices" relating to complex litigation. The focus is on multi-party, multi-jurisdictional disputes and on the increasingly administrative role courts play is these actions. Much of the attention will be devoted to class actions (mainly federal with some discussion of South Carolina class actions), including class certification, extraterritoriality, and interlocutory appeals. We will spend considerable time on complex joinder, aggregated claims, MDL practice, and the impact of CAFA. Some time will be devoted to the recent "Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011."

Note: It is strongly recommended that students also take Federal Courts, but it is not a prerequisite.

Basis of Grade: In class final examination, plus class participation

Form of Grade: Letter