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Acing Civil Procedure (Acing Law School) [Paperback]

Benjamin Spencer
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August 1, 2008 0314194002 978-0314194008 2
This study aid features an innovative method of content organization. It uses a checklist format to lead students through questions they need to ask to fully evaluate the legal problem they are trying to solve. It also synthesizes the material in a way that most students are unable to do on their own, and assembles the different issues, presenting a clear guide to procedural analysis that students can draw upon when writing their exams. Other study aids provide sample problems, but none offer the systematic approach to problem solving found in this book.

Product Details

  • Series: Acing Law School
  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: West; 2 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314194002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314194008
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book, along with two others, saved my first semester. It is concise and the chapters give a brief overview of all the main cases and how the laws interact together. Conceptually there is no better supplement, I used all of the main ones and they are more explanatory but only Emanuel gives any sort of flow chart or check list. This book changed the entire way I approach studying, especially Torts and Crim law (however the other books in the series are not as conceptual and flowchart driven).

I used various supplements for this class. Before buying all of them (like I did) I would go to your law library and look them over, use them for your class and see if they are presented in a way that works for you. If not, then buy whatever you can that is most useful and use the library's books as needed. My biggest mistake was thinking by using supplements to supplement my casebook I would learn less or get screwed up. Professors tell you whether they like supplements or not, but if you use them to prepare for class, still at least go through the cases and take NOTES from what they say, you will do far better.

I will explain the books I used second semester, which is less theory and rules based. Before each class topic I read Acing Civil Procedure (Acing Law School) and then outlined the rule in my own words using the Commentary sections in A Student's Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Student Guides) to fill in and flesh out the rules. I then read through
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is going to save me... December 12, 2011
I have an upcoming exam and this book is going to save me. Hands down THE BEST Civil Procedure guide to have during an open book Civ Pro exam. It goes over each topic in a checklist format, including the small details that most books tend to leave out. It is clear, concise, and extremely well organized.

Buy this, you will not regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for final exam prep and outline production! December 21, 2010
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This is a review for Acing Civil Procedure 2nd edition (2008). The format of the acing series is fantastic. You will not learn the law from this book, but if you are familiar with the law, this book will both refresh your recollection and, more importantly, teach you how to apply the rules systematically to an exam question. Since it is a relatively short book, you can read it in a short period of time, and it will put the whole course in perspective. 2010 has brought a few changes to civ pro, including the Supreme Court decision in Iqbal, which will affect your approach to pleadings questions, and Congress's adoption of some changes to the FRCP, particularly Rule 56 on Summary Judgment, which is completely rewritten, and Rule 26 on disclosure. I used the 2008 edition to prepare for my exam, and it was extremely helpful. However, if a new edition comes out in 2011, which it probably should considering how quickly civ pro rules change, and you have the option, choose the latest edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy IT, NOW! October 20, 2009
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Great study aid, very clear and concise. We all know law school is time consuming so it's great to have a smaller aid like this, one you can actually read before each class in addition to your normal work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I preferred the Emanuel Outline over this March 26, 2014
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I found the Acing Series easily readable with good checklists in the back. However, I did not use this during my test preparation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Civil Procedure Supplement Ever April 3, 2013
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When I started law school a friend of mine recommended that I get this book. While shopping for supplements I was a little skeptical because it was so short. However, I ordered it on Amazon and to this day (I am a 3rd year student now) it is the best supplement I have used for any class in law school. This class can be difficult, especially for first years, and this book breaks the concepts down to checklists that will help you go through a law school problem. This is the only civil procedure supplement you will need. I have lent this to many people and everyone has come back and told me how amazing this book is. The other books in this series are good as well but this one is fantastic. You will learn the material and better yet learn how to answer a law school exam question which is invaluable and makes this product well worth its price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This thing is great for exam review December 8, 2011
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Although this book isn't detailed enough to really help you prepare for class, it was awesome for exam review. It provides a straightforward, concise explanation of each chapter, and then review questions and answers. It also has checklists, but I didn't refer to these very much since if your prof covers different cases or doesn't use a step that the author uses, you end up getting stuck in the middle of the checklist and you don't know where to go next. It's better to write your own checklists once you're done outlining. But one of the best things about this book is that it helps you understand the topics and practice applying them, but it's not so long that it's intimidating. I read every non-checklist page of this book.

Be careful, though, with this or any other civ pro study aid--it cover the really recent, important cases, because it was published a few years ago. For example, it doesn't include Iqbal, Walmart, or Goodyear. If you're using the Freer casebook, I recommend getting a Barbri account and watching the Freer lectures along with using this book.
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