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.