421.01 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.

Fall 2016

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Practical exercises
In-class exercise
Class participation
Marilyn Forbes Phillips
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.421.01.F16
Email list: LAW.421.01.F16@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice