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246.3 sec. 001 - Depositions (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Henry L. Hecht  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Meeting:

    Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
    Location: Boalt 115
    From January 08, 2019
    To April 19, 2019

Course Start: January 08, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: (Non-1Ls): 31193

Enrollment info: Enrolled: 17
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 01/17 03:36 PM


Spring 2019 Law 246.3, Depositions (3 units)

Over 98% of all civil cases filed in Federal court are resolved short of trial. When a litigator questions a witness today, it is far more likely to be in a law office at a deposition than in a courtroom at trial.

This skills course primarily uses "learning by doing" (role plays) to teach the art and science of preparing for, taking, and defending depositions. The role plays will be conducted in small groups with experienced litigators and the instructor as observers who will provide individual feedback to each student. In addition, the deposition role plays will be video recorded, and each student will have two individual video review sessions with the instructor. Undergraduates will play the role of the witnesses. Court reporters will transcribe the testimony, and students will receive transcripts of the depositions they take and defend.

Skills addressed include: preparing the fact (lay) witness; gathering information (discovery); gaining admissions; seeking evidence for impeachment; using documents; defending your witness; dealing with both obstreperous counsel and problem witnesses; and using depositions at trial.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students. All interested students, whether enrolled or on the wait list, must attend the first class in order to be admitted. Any student who does not attend the first class without prior permission of the instructor will be dropped from the class.

Due to both the use of simulation exercises throughout the semester and the need to determine the members of the class as soon as possible, the usual provisions of "Drop/Add" do not apply. If you wish to enroll, you must commit to remain in the course by no later than Friday afternoon, January 11 , 2019, the last day of the first full week of spring semester classes.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Hecht by e-mail (hhecht@law.berkeley.edu) or telephone (510-642-1787).

Prerequisites:
U.S. Civil Procedure at a U.S. Law School. Although not required, completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Evidence is recommended.

Requirements Satisfaction:


Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.


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

The following files are available for this course:

First Assignment
Syllabus

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Books:
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  • Effective Depositions
    Hecht
    Edition: 2nd Edition/2010
    Publisher: American Bar Association
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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