Law 700 - Pretrial Civil Litigation

Sarah Wetzstein

Sarah Wetzstein

Lecturer in Law
B.S. Cornell University, 1998
J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2001
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.

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Course 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 developing and implementing discovery plans, taking depositions or arguing motions. But by the end of this course, we expect that:

i.    You will have a basic understanding of the civil pretrial process and how lawyers use that process to prepare cases for trial, to evaluate cases for settlement and to improve their client's prospects in connection with settlement or trial.  
ii.    You will have a basic understanding of how to think strategically when confronted with litigation options/decisions.
iii.   You will be able to develop a discovery plan for a relatively simple civil case
iv.   You will be able to draft effective 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 draft an effective motion to compel.
vi.    You will be able to competently argue a motion.  

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Babbe / Sarah Wetzstein 20S 700 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM
MW 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 145. Civil Procedure. Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline: Noon on 11/4/2019. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00p.m. on 1/24/2020.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2020 LEC 1
Bocchino, Hoffman and Malone. The Effective Deposition: Techniques and Strategies That Work  5th ed.  
ISBN: 9781601567741. National Institute for Trial Advocacy. REQUIRED $95.00
Roen and Reich. Civil Litigation: Pretrial Case Development and Discovery    
ISBN: 9781634608640. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $99.00