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245.1 sec. 1 - Pre-Trial Civil Litigation (Fall 2012)
Instructor: Robert Borton (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Samuel F. Ernst
Instructor: Chris Martiniak (view instructor's profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 115
Course Start: August 28, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49616
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.
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
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