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This book is quite fantastic - it highlights interesting cases that flesh out the rules and provides summaries at the end of most of the lessons for quick reference. I particularly appreciate the strong emphasis on the philosophy behind the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - by understanding that background philosophy, I feel better equipped for motion practice and making arguments as to why a case should or should not be dismissed.
I feel like law school classes really skim over the Federal Rules, especially the discovery rules, but this is a great disappointment. For most of us planning to practice civil litigation at a private firm, civil procedure will be our bread and butter for the beginning of our careers. The subject matter of this course is instrumental in making a good impression at your firm and showing that you have a firm grasp on the rules of civil procedure and discovery.
My only comment would be that I wish I had taken this class (and had access to this book) before working at a law firm my 2L summer. I helped draft a lot of discovery requests/responses, and it would have made my life so much easier to have a quick reference guide for the main points of discovery practice rather than having to go through Moore's Federal Practice or slog through the rules themselves every time I needed a refresher. It also is incredibly useful in understanding the process and flow of litigation. This book will definitely have a prime spot on my bookshelf in my office next year.
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