Instructor(s): Jonathan Rosenstein
FY: Legal Process; Legal Process, Professionalism and Ethics (upper year)

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7002HF.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course provides a problem-solving and result-oriented perspective on civil procedure as it relates to the practice and the substance of resolving legal disputes. This perspective will be explored through the in-depth consideration of selected issues. The course will also examine some of the systemic problems in current procedure and practice, and recent developments designed to address them. Pragmatic, effective and ethical advocacy will be emphasized throughout the course.

Note: This is not a survey course. The lectures and the course materials do not simply deliver the information that you need to know, and you are not being graded on your ability to remember and then repeat that information on assignments. Further, the readings will not necessarily be covered in class. Instead, it is a course intended to give you the tools you will need to solve certain kinds of advocacy problems in Civil Courts. Grades will be based on your ability to apply the concepts and information in the readings and then taught and discussed in class to the problems contained in the assignments, with emphasis on critical thinking and effective written advocacy.

A mid-term paper (up to 2,500 words max.) in which the student will advocate for solutions to a series of complex civil procedure problems (36%); a final 2 hour open-book examination with a series of complex civil procedure problems requiring concise but reasoned solutions (54%); and class participation (10%).

At a Glance

First Term


25 JD


T: 6:10 - 8:00