Law 700 - Pretrial Civil Litigation

David Babbe

David Babbe

Lecturer in Law
Director of Student Competitions
B.A. UC Irvine, 1978
J.D. UCLA, 1981
Course Description:

This course is designed for students who will be doing civil litigation. The course provides a “real world” overview of how pretrial civil litigation is conducted and explores how lawyers strategically use each step in the pretrial litigation process to advance their clients’ interests. The course also provides students with skills-based training in case analysis, depositions, written discovery and motion practice. These skills are taught through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and simulated role-playing exercises. Simulations are videotaped and critiqued by the instructor.

This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis.

Video Description

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.  

Course Learning Outcomes:

See above

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Babbe / Andrew Whitcup 18F 700 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 145. Civil Procedure. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline July 2, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/24/2018.
David Babbe / Sarah Wetzstein 19S 700 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 145. Civil Procedure. Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadine Oct. 15, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 1/25/2019.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2019 LEC 1
Moore et al. Depositions in a Nutshell  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9781634598958. REQUIRED $50.50
Roen and Reich Civil Litigation: Pretrial Case Development and Discovery    
ISBN: 9781634608640. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $103.00