245.1 sec. 001 - Pre-Trial Civil Litigation (Spring 2020)
Instructor: Quynh Khanh Vu
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Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.
- F 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 107
From January 17, 2020
To April 24, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32179
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM
This course is designed to acquaint students with pretrial litigation practice in typical civil cases. 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 federal 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. Strategies, settlement considerations, client relations and other topics relevant to typical litigation practice are also discussed. The evidence course, while useful, is not a prerequisite.
The vast majority of federal civil cases never proceed to trial. Rather, most such cases are resolved through settlement or dispositive motion practice. This course will focus on those pretrial activities that litigation attorneys will undertake upon graduating from law school. We will study the law and strategies applicable to filing various types of court pleadings and other real-world litigation scenarios. You will be required to draft pleadings, present oral arguments and engage in other simulations against adversaries.
The primary objectives of this three unit course are to provide pretrial skills background and training. Students will learn the lawyer’s role in discovery and fact development by drafting and responding to written discovery requests. Through course materials, lectures and discussions, you will garner the tools and insights necessary to perform these real world litigation tasks.
Quynh Vu is a partner at the law firm Kaufhold Gaskin LLP. Her practice is focused on complex civil litigation and she has worked in both in a big law and small law firm setting. She is a 2012 graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, holds a B.A. in Economics and Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. She is on the Board of the American Lawyer - Young Lawyers Editorial.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.
Civil Procedure is strongly recommended.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses
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Thomas A. Mauet, David Wright Marcus
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
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