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    • 30222-01
    • †Litigating Civil Actions: From Filing to Finality
    • Messing
    • Thu 2:10 PM-4:00 PM
      Fri 2:10 PM-4:00 PM
    • 4
    • Professional Skills
    • experiential
    • exam with paper option

    †Litigating Civil Actions: From Filing to Finality (30222). 4 units. This course will provide students with an overview of the skills that litigators need to handle a civil action in federal court from start to finish. The course will review five phases of a lawsuit. First, we will explore how to prepare a filing: for example, we will discuss how to interview clients; how to investigate a case before filing; and how to prepare a complaint. The second phase will explore pre-trial activities such as answering a complaint; motions practice; communicating with opposing counsel; document discovery and other forms of discovery (such as physical inspections); how to take and defend depositions; and how to handle expert witnesses. The course’s third phase will discuss trial skills, including how to select jurors; prepare effective opening statements; examine, cross-examine, and reexamine witnesses; deliver successful closing statements; and prepare jury instructions. We will also have brief discussions about mediation and settlement. The fourth phase of the course will explore the most famous post-trial activity: the appeal. This discussion will delve into the substance of appeals as well as the less glamorous parts of appellate practice, such as filing a notice of appeal, motions practice on appeal, and preparing a joint appendix for the appellate court. We will also have a very brief discussion of cert. petitions and Supreme Court practice. Finally, the course’s fifth phase will discuss important post-trial activities that are rarely explored within law schools, including motions for costs and enforcement of judgments. The course aspires to give students confidence that they could handle a civil action on their own. Self-scheduled examination or paper option. N. Messing.

    Course Bidding: There is no enollment limit on this course.

    Location: SLB - 111 (Thu)
    SLB - 111 (Fri)
    Grade mode: graded
    CRN: 20162
    Exam: 5/02/2016 - 5/16/2016
    Questions available online
    Name or Id: Id
    Length: 4 hour(s)