Law 700 - Pretrial Civil Litigation
Director of Student Competitions
J.D. UCLA, 1981
This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis.
Course Specific Learning Outcomes:
This course will not make you an expert in the civil pretrial litigation process; nor will it turn you into an expert in conducting interviews, implementing discovery plans, taking depositions or arguing motions. But by the end of this course, I expect that:
i. You will have a basic understanding of the civil pretrial process and how lawyers use that process both to prepare cases for trial and to evaluate cases for settlement.
ii. You will have a basic understanding of how to think strategically when confronted with litigation options/decisions.
iii. You will be able to competently conduct a basic witness interview or an initial client interview.
iv. You will be able to develop a discovery plan for a relatively simple civil case and to draft written discovery requests.
v. You will be able to competently take and defend a deposition in a relatively simple litigation matter.
vi. You will be able to competently argue a motion to dismiss.