Litigation & Procedure

The Litigation and Procedure curriculum prepares students to understand and to think critically about the American system of resolving civil disputes.  Students will also begin to develop the professional skills required to excel in representing clients in many different kinds of litigation. The study of civil procedure begins with a required course in the first year. More advanced courses include Evidence, Remedies, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict of Laws. Smaller, more specialized classes allow students to engage with the more sophisticated problems of civil justice in our society. These often include: Civil Justice Reform, Civil Rights Litigation, Complex Civil Litigation, Civil Justice Workshop, and Class Action Litigation.

Litigation skills courses include Legal Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiation, Deposition Practice, Pre-Trial Practice, Mediation, Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Practice and Appellate Advocacy. In addition, students interested in developing their litigation and counseling skills often participate in Berkeley Law’s award-winning Clinical Programs, our many Advocacy Competitions, and our Student Initiated Legal Services Projects.

Students interested in criminal law practice and procedure should consult the “Criminal Law” curriculum. Students interested in international practice and procedure should consult the “International Legal Studies” curriculum.