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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: LEXISNEXIS; Fourth Edition edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422407128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422407127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This will make Civ Pro easier to "understand."
C G
Don't wait until it's time to study for finals to ready it... read it as you go along in class.
TEK
It is best if read (lightly) prior to attacking the case book and using the other supplements.
ClosetNerd

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ClosetNerd on April 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This review relates to the newer 4th edition. This book is published by LexisNexis, so there are no licensed distributors. Important note, I tried to find this elsewhere and ended up paying list price (NOT used to that b/c of Amazon). However this book and two others saved my first semester. The explanations in it are excellent, but there are no examples, hypos, Q&A, or conceptual outlines/checklists/flowcharts. The purpose of this book is to explain the law in depth so you understand the concepts in full. It is easy to understand and reads like a non-fiction novel written by a Ron Chernow (though not 1,000 pages).

It is best if read (lightly) prior to attacking the case book and using the other supplements. I prefer Acing Civil Procedure first and then this book. In summary, if you are having trouble with the loose bottom up approach of casebooks, this series is excellent (except for contracts, did not like that book one bit). I have to knock off a star because of its weak use during 2nd semester compared to its HIGH list price.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TEK on November 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book, "Understanding Civil Procedure, 3d", is a good primer. It made it a lot easier to understand the overall context of the materials we were going over in class, especially when some of the topics were covered over the course of weeks. The writing is fairly good and easy to follow. I think if you were to read the section in this book first before reading the relevant federal rules the rules themselves would be a lot more understandable.

This edition is now also a little out of date. I certainly don't think that warrants a one-star review, however. The law is constantly changing, and procedure rules are no different. One subject for which the 3d edition is out of date is the various issues relating to electronically stored information, so watch out for that. Basically, for any rule that has been amended since 2002 you should check extra carefully to make sure this text is accurate.

That being said, I found this primer very helpful. Don't wait until it's time to study for finals to ready it... read it as you go along in class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Octavian on April 16, 2008
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This is a thorough introduction to a complicated but logically coherent subject. This older edition is a good buy, and worth purchasing. Civil procedure has not changed very much over the last 5 years. Since most first year law students are looking for an overview of the last 200 years of civil procedure, the recent changes are not necessary and are not worth the additional cost for the current version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Temple on January 26, 2014
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My civ pro professor is one of those professors who understands the subject well himself but does a horrible job imparting his knowledge, so I had to rely on commercial supplements. One of the supplements I relied on was this book and it is absolutely gorgeous. The content is structured well and (I think) should be compatible with the syllabus of most professors, and the author writes in a style that is easily comprehensible by a normal human being. I highly recommend it!
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By L. Mu on August 31, 2011
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the book looks like a new one. though the cover is a bit curl, and several pages are sort of messy. but it's definitely a great one! thanks!
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