LAW Pretrial Civil Litigation

Mr. Brian Kelly,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


May not also enroll in Drafting Discovery Documents or Pre-trial Criminal Litigation.


This course provides an opportunity to plan and conduct the pretrial phase of a civil lawsuit. The class is divided into small "law firms" of approximately three to four students, each performing the tasks necessary to represent their client. Students will plan the strategy of their case, research relevant law to determine the causes of action, draft pleadings, conduct the necessary formal (including drafting written discovery and conducting depositions) and informal fact investigation, prepare a final pretrial memorandum and participate in a final pretrial conference. Students should note that there are two discovery-related courses offered: Pretrial Civil Litigation and Drafting Discovery Documents. The content of these courses is substantially similar and thus students may enroll in only one of the two discovery-related courses.


Faculty comments: This course is designed to take the student through all practical aspects of pretrial civil litigation from the perspective of both plaintiff’s counsel and defense counsel. While the course ultimately progresses toward the deposition phase of discovery, the first 30 to 40% of the course will focus on pretrial investigation and on the various discovery documents that are available. Within the main deposition phase of the course, students will all participate in various in-class mock depositions, which will be critiqued by the instructor. During these mock depositions, the students will conduct and observe the direct examination of several non-party deponents and the cross-examination of other non-party deponents. Students will act as the deponent/witnesses in these depositions. As a final project (in lieu of a final written exam), the students will be given a real life case wherein they will be expected to 1) conduct the deposition of the opposing party and 2) defend the deposition of their own client.


  Prerequisite: Evidence

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Labor and Employment Law Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Experiential Learning Requirement


<<Course Updated: March 25, 2016>>