Civil Litigation Practice. (30197). 3 units. The course will begin with an overview of pleadings, discovery, and the anatomy of a civil lawsuit. It will then proceed to isolate and develop the skills of oral advocacy, through extensive learning-by-doing exercises, including conducting depositions; performing opening statements and closing arguments; conducting direct and cross examinations of courtroom witnesses; and participating in a full-day jury trial. The course will also include preparation of pleadings and analysis of and critical thinking regarding the elements, underpinnings, and efficacy of the litigation process. The course materials include selected readings and three complete case files published by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. A participatory session on mediation, under the guidance of an experienced mediator, is included. Enrollment limited to twelve. E.K. Acee and F. Gold.
Note: First-day attendance is required. No drops will be permitted after the first class meeting.