The vast majority of civil litigation is resolved without a trial, so development of pre-trial litigation skills is an important aspect of the professional development of students who are thinking about becoming litigators. This interactive course will introduce students to significant elements of pretrial advocacy, including litigation decision-making, drafting pleadings, case planning, interrogatories, depositions, e-discovery and pre-trial motion practice and settlement negotiation. The emphasis will be on case theory and litigation strategy throughout each of these stages. Students will draft litigation documents and participate in simulation exercises regularly through the course, and will have the opportunity to critique their own performance and observe other students’ performances as well. Active class participation and engagement in the exercises are mandatory. The course grade will be based on the drafting and simulation exercises, class participation, as well as other written work which may include a paper or exam.
Limited Enrollment. This is a binding registration cours
Professor Carol Buckler