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Advanced Civil Procedure

About the Course

Washburn University School of Law is pleased to make available to auditors the online Civil Procedure course being taught by Professor Rory Bahadur. The course is offered during the law school's second summer session starting July 6, 2020. The course consists of five (5) self-contained modules outlined below. Auditors may audit a single module, a group of modules, or take the entire class. Auditors do not earn academic credit but may earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit (pending).

Registration is $1,200 for the full course or $299 for each module if taking 1-4 modules. Course materials in electronic form are included in the registration fee. Please note that individuals who audit the course do not earn academic credit—there are no tests and no grades.

NOTE: Auditors seeking CLE credit will be required to take a short and simple mini-quiz to ensure engagement with the material.

Advanced Civil Procedure will be available online from July 6-August 12, 2020. During this timeframe you may access and complete the modules on your own schedule.

"I didn't understand civil procedure fully until I started practicing, so I'm pleased that we can offer this 'refresher' to summer associates and new litigators who want to ensure that they have a firm grasp on civil procedure." — Carla Pratt, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

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Photograph: Rory Bahadur.

An award winning teacher, Professor Rory Bahadur has been recognized as one of the top 26 law teachers in the nation (What the Best Law Teachers Do, Harvard University Press, 2013). He currently teaches Torts, Civil Procedure, Admiralty and Maritime Law, and Federal Courts and presents nationally and internationally on teaching methods and techniques. Professor Bahadur has co-authored Torts: A Contemporary Approach and written numerous articles on and presented about effective teaching and learning methods. He is past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Teaching Methods. Learn more about Professor Bahadur.

Course Outline

The Erie Doctrine (7 lectures).

Covers: forum shopping concerns; outcome determinativeness and constitutional impediments to achieving Erie's twin aims (2 parts); conflict between state law and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; distinguishing direct and indirect conflict between state law and Federal Rules; multiple conflicts; big picture review.

Personal Jurisdiction (10 lectures).

Covers: topic introduction; the power theory; minimum contacts and purposeful availment, including the origin of minimum contacts, purposeful availment and intentional acts, tensions between fairness and federalism, and the stream of commerce metaphor and reasonableness; defendant's property in the forum state; presence in the forum—general jurisdiction; federal jurisdiction not conditioned on state court jurisdiction; longarm statutes.

Venue (3 lectures).

Covers: statutory venue; common law venue (2 parts).

Appeals (2 lectures).

Covers: appeals generally; interlocutory appeals and collateral order doctrine.

Claim and Issue Preclusion (7 lectures).

Covers: preliminary considerations and claim preclusion—application and rationale for the doctrine; practice hypotheticals; claim preclusion (2 parts); issue preclusion (3 parts).

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Registration Fee
  • $1,200 - full course
  • $299 - each separate module if taking 1-4 modules

If seeking CLE credit, registration includes reporting hours of attendance to the Kansas CLE Commission and electronic materials.

CLE Credit

CLE credit pending.


Auditors who register for the course will be setup with an account in Washburn University's learning management system, D2L. All course materials, including video lectures by Professor Bahadur, will be available in D2L and and are included in the registration fee. Instructions for accessing D2L accounts will be sent separately to the email address entered on the registration form.


Please contact Donna Vilander at with questions.