421 Pre-Trial Litigation

This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:

  • Drafting pleadings
  • Taking and defending depositions
  • Creating and responding to discovery
  • Planning strategy and motions

The course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Course Areas of Practice
2017
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2
  • Practical exercises
  • In-class exercise
  • Class participation
Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 6:00-7:50 PM 4055

This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:

  • Drafting pleadings
  • Taking and defending depositions
  • Creating and responding to discovery
  • Planning strategy and motions

The course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.02 2
  • Practical exercises
  • In-class exercise
  • Class participation
Marilyn Forbes Phillips, Thomas D. Schroeder M 5:45-7:35 PM 4042

This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:

  • Drafting pleadings
  • Taking and defending depositions
  • Creating and responding to discovery
  • Planning strategy and motions

The course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2016
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2
  • Practical exercises
  • In-class exercise
  • Class participation
Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 5:45-7:35 PM 4045

This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:

  • Drafting pleadings
  • Taking and defending depositions
  • Creating and responding to discovery
  • Planning strategy and motions

The course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Syllabus: Microsoft Office document icon 421.01.Fall2016-syllabus.doc

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 5:45-7:35 PM 4000

This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:

- Drafting pleadings
- Taking and defending depositions
- Creating and responding to discovery
- Planning strategy and motions

The course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Syllabus: File 421.01.Spring2016-syllabus.docx

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2015
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 5:45-7:35 PM Room 4042
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.02 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips W 5:30-7:20 pm Room 4000
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2014
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 5:00-6:50 pm Room 4042
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2013
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips W 4:30-6:20 pm Room 4049
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2013
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.02 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 5:00-6:50 pm TBA
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2012
Fall 2012
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips M 5:30-7:30 pm M 5:30-7:30 pm Room 4049
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
Spring 2012
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

421.01 2 Marilyn Forbes Phillips W 5-6:50 pm W 5-6:50 pm Room 4172
This course focuses on the path litigators must navigate prior to trial. It is becoming increasingly rare for cases to be decided by a jury; lawyers must learn to win in the pretrial process. We will explore the key components of the pretrial process, beginning with the filing of a law suit. This course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their knowledge in procedure, evidence and advocacy. Topics include:- Drafting pleadings- Taking and defending depositions- Creating and responding to discovery- Planning strategy and motionsThe course grade is based on classroom participation, performance and written work. There is not a final exam.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.