This course covers the major topics that arise in litigating civil cases in the courts of the United States. Following an introduction to the structure and jurisdiction of the federal and state courts, the reading will cover litigation in the federal courts using the federal rules (pleadings, motions practice, discovery, appeals, etc.), territorial limitations on jurisdiction of the state and federal courts, problems of mixed claims and choice of law, and repetitious litigation. Some attention is given to distinctive state rules as well as interaction with foreign law. The course consistently considers the methods of finding U.S. law so students can update these dynamic issues through research and self-study in the future.