Civ Pro Quick Tip: Keeping Track of Deadlines

Studying federal civil procedure can feel overwhelming because of the seemingly endless number of deadlines that you need to remember for the bar exam. But there’s good news! There aren’t as many deadlines as you think. Since many of the federal rules use the same deadlines, you can take advantage of chunking

No, this doesn’t have anything to do with snacking. But it is a helpful memorization tool that reduces the amount of information you need to store in your memory. All you have to do is group “chunks” of information in a meaningful way. We know your time is precious, so we did this for you! 

There are only SIX significant deadline chunks for federal civil procedure. *Breathe a sigh of relief.* The first three chunks are multiples of seven—14, 21, and 28 days. The last three chunks are multiples of thirty—30, 60, and 90 days. The procedural requirements associated with those chunks are summarized in the tables below.

Print these tables (or access them here) and turn them into flashcards to easily review these chunks during your studies.

Use this tip when answering practice questions in the UWorld MBE QBank. Click here to access our QBank or purchase a subscription.

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