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Civil Procedure

“Procedure is Power.”

Stephen B. Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice

Civil Procedure, and more broadly Evidence and Conflict of Laws, have been and continue to be great strengths of our faculty and curricular offerings. Penn Law faculty are renowned and prolific scholars in these fields andactively involved in applying their knowledge to real world issues; in the courts, in business, and in government and policy making.

Faculty Research

Stephen B. Burbank’s article in the Nevada Law Journal, “Federal Court Rulemaking and Litigation Reform: An Institutional Approach,” illustrates how, over the last 50 years, changes in the Civil Rules Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court,  have been associated with shifting the balance against plaintiffs seeking to enforce rights in civil litigation. 

More on Civil Procedure Faculty and Research

Sample Penn Law Courses

  • Advanced Problems in Federal Procedure
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitution Outside of the Courts
  • International Civil Litigation
  • Right to Counsel  

Clinics & Externships

Civil Procedure in Action

The Toll Public Interest Center has numerous placements that either focus on our have civil procedure as a major component of assignment.

  • ACLU - students often to ad hoc pro bono work doing litigation
  • CASAC (Custody and Support Assistance Clinic)
  • Innocence Project – Federal Habeas
  • SAGE (Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation)
  • PEAP (Prisoners’ Education and Advocacy Project)
  • Employment Advocacy Project/Guild Food Stamp Clinic/Penn Housing Rights Project/Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless – deals with administrative law