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When lawyers think of civil procedure they almost invariably think of the rules of civil procedure and the formality they entail. A course in civil procedure focusing almost exclusively on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is in most law schools part of the traditional first-year curriculum. Indeed some would argue that it is at the core of that curriculum, for more than any other first-year course it takes students away from familiar moral anchors and instructs them in a set of distinctively legal practices and values. The ability to manipulate the legal system's rules of procedure is the most general skill in which nascent lawyers are instructed.