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B564 Pre-Trial Litigation

Description Tanford: Pretrial Litigation is a simulation-based course in pretrial civil litigation procedure, practice and strategy. Students will be presented with one or more clients with litigation problems, which will require them to conduct interviews, draft pleadings, organize and undertake fact investigation, prepare and respond to written discovery, take a deposition, file and argue a motion, and negotiate. Throughout the course, students work in small law firms, and many of the projects will be group projects. Grades are based on individual and group work product, not an exam. The course is designed primarily for students who may go directly into solo or small firm general practice, although it also may be useful to any student contemplating a career that includes litigation. It duplicates some of the pedagogical content of the Community Legal Clinic, so in the event of over-enrollment, preference will be given to students who have not taken that course. Rosiello: In today#s litigation world, where only a miniscule percentage of civil cases actually go to trial, litigators devote the vast bulk of their time and effort to pretrial proceedings. This course will address those aspects of civil litigation # from pleadings through summary judgment and settlement negotiations. We will look in detail at the real-world issues that arise in pretrial litigation, with the goal of understanding best litigation practices to achieve the most favorable outcome for the client. The framework of the course will be a close examination of the meaning and use in practice of the relevant Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, along with cases and articles dealing with specific litigation issues. We will also discuss the Rules of Professional Conduct that apply to the conduct of litigation.

Faculty A. Tanford, M. Rosiello

SemesterTitleFaculty
Spring 2013 - 2014Pre-Trial LitigationRosiello, M.
Spring 2013 - 2014Pre-Trial LitigationTanford, A.
Spring 2012 - 2013Pre-Trial LitigationTanford, A.