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245.1 sec. 1 - Pre-Trial Civil Litigation (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Chris Martiniak (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Robert Borton (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 240
Course Start: January 11, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49652
This course is designed to acquaint students with pretrial litigation practice in typical civil cases. While the case file used is a commercial transaction gone to litigation, the skills taught are applicable in any civil case setting. This is a skills course, in that it focuses on the practical application of the civil rules, decision making and judgment. We will cover pleadings; written discovery; preparing for, taking and defending depositions (including mock deposition practice); making and opposing motions; and oral argument of motions. We give special attention to practical writing skills, and students will write several motions. Strategies, settlement considerations, client relations and other topics relevant to typical litigation practice are also discussed. The evidence course, while useful, is not a pre-requisite.
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