Professors Frank Bress, Lawrence Grosberg
An intensive introduction to the procedural, ethical and skills aspects of civil pre-trial litigation. Using doctrinal, problem and simulation materials, each student will have the opportunity to immerse herself in drafting pleadings; litigation planning; preparation of and responses to interrogatories and document requests; preparation for and conduct of and defense of depositions; preparation and conduct of pre-trial judicial conferences; and preparation and argument of pre-trial motions. There will be two 2- hour class meetings each week. Generally, the first session will be a group discussion introducing one or another of the aspects of pre-trial litigation. The second session will focus on performing the skill and critical analysis of those oral or written skills. Individual, group and self-critiques of student drafts and oral exercises will be integral to the course. Students are graded on document drafting, simulation exercises, class participation and a final paper. This is a binding registration course. Limited enrollment.