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. Scheduled examination or paper option. N. Messing.
Course Bidding: There is no enollment limit on this course.
SLB - 122 (Mon) SLB - 122 (Wed) Grade mode: graded CRN: 20142
Exam: 5/01/2017 - 5/15/2017 Questions available online Name or Id: Id Length: 4 hour(s)