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245.1 sec. 1 - Pre-Trial Civil Litigation (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Sara Winslow  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
Instructor: Steven Saltiel  
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 10

Course Start: August 26, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49583

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, with particular focus on advocacy writing in the law and motion context. 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 Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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  • Pretrial, Eighth Edition
    Thomas A. Mauet,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781454803034
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $63.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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