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Civil Procedure: Introduction

This research guide is designed to provide research starting points for 1Ls doing civil procedure research at the Northeastern University School of Law.

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Before starting your research:

  • Clarify what it is you are researching and why. Ask questions.
  • Try to spot the important issues
  • Identify your jurisdiction
  • Brainstorm some keywords to use as search terms
  • Make a research plan: where will you look, and why?

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The study of civil procedure focuses on the rules that structure the process of civil court cases, from the initial filing of a case to the decision that determines its outcome.  There are different rules, or procedures, for different courts, as well as rules specific to each state and the federal system as a whole. 

The federal procedural system is based on (1) the Constitution of the Untied States, (2) the Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure, (3) federal statutes, and (4) cases. 

How to Use This Guide

This guide is intended to introduce you to some of the key resources available at the Northeastern University School of Law Library for researching civil procedure law.

Here are some suggestions:

The materials mentioned in this guide -- except where classified as Reference, Reserve, or Database -- are most often found in the KF 8820-8841 range on the 4th Floor of the Law Library.

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