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245.1 sec. 001 - Pre-Trial Civil Litigation (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Quynh Khanh Vu  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


F 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 22, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 22, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32139

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

Quynh Vu is a partner at the law firm Kaufhold Gaskin Gallagher LLP. Her practice is focused on complex civil litigation and she has worked in both 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.

Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Completion of Civil Procedure is recommended.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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  • Pretrial
    Thomas A. Mauet, David Wright Marcus
    Edition: 10th ed.
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
    ISBN: 9781454856337
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $162.00
    Price Source: user provided

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