849 Pre-Trial Advocacy - §001, Summer 2010 13-Week Session

Categories: Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Instructor(s) Dowdal, Mullen

This three credit seminar teaches the important skills that lawyers use up until the time of trial. Since the vast majority of cases settle before trial, a lawyer's success has at least as much to do with mastery of the nuts and bolts of pre-trial advocacy as courtroom prowess. The seminar will use a simulation approach to cover skills that include:

* Interviewing and counseling clients.

* Drafting a complaint.

* Drafting interrogatories and responses to interrogatories.

* Taking and defending depositions.

* Drafting a pre-trial memorandum.

* Participating in a mediation conference.

Students will receive immediate feedback from the instructors on the in-class simulations. The seminar is limited to approx 36 students. Second and third year students are eligible. This course is being offered on a pass/fail basis.

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