A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

Law360 (May 18, 2020, 4:45 PM EDT) -- Litigation is a maze of procedural rules. We have general rules, like the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and a host of specific rules that apply in particular courts, courthouses and even courtrooms. The latter are the rules of local practice — primarily, local rules, standing orders and individual judges' rules. Though these rules are critical, lawyers often overlook them. This may be more than embarrassing: It could harm your client.

The problem begins well before lawyers become lawyers. Law school and bar exams focus primarily on general procedural rules. Largely absent, however, is perhaps one of the most critical aspects...

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