LAW-2285 Massachusetts Practice

Hon. Serge Georges, Jr., Prof. Marc G. Perlin,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


This course deals with civil practice and procedure in the Massachusetts state courts. Primary emphasis is on the Massachusetts Superior Court and District Court, with some discussion of the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. The course focuses on jurisdiction of the Massachusetts courts, personal jurisdiction, commencement of actions, service of process, use of attachment and trustee process to secure assets, responsive pleadings, discovery, pre-trial methods to terminate litigation, judgments, and methods to enforce judgments. Particular emphasis is placed on the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure.


Faculty comments: Professor Perlin: This course will be of particular interest to students who intend to practice on the civil side in Massachusetts courts or who intend to take the Massachusetts bar examination. The course syllabus contains references to rules, statutes, and cases that are relevant to Massachusetts civil practice. The syllabus will be made available to students on Blackboard, together with direct electronic links to Westlaw for all of the rules, statutes, and cases. Toward the end of the semester, I will provide a brief overview of how Massachusetts Practice is tested on the essay portion of the Massachusetts bar examination and students will have an opportunity to review past actual questions from the bar examination that deal with Massachusetts Practice. A closed-book examination will be administered.


pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

pointer    Recommended for the Mass Bar

pointer    Final Exam Required


<<Course Updated: March 14, 2016>>