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.
Lempert, Richard O. and Karl Monsma. "Lawyers and Informal Justice: The Case of a Public Housing Eviction Board." Law and Contemporary Problems 51 (1988): 135-180.