Law 700 - Pretrial Civil Litigation

David Babbe

David Babbe

Lecturer in Law
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.

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Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will have a basic understanding of the civil pretrial process and how lawyers use that process not only to prepare cases for trial, but also to evaluate cases for settlement and to enhance their clients’ settlement position.

Students will have a basic understanding of how to think strategically when confronted with litigation options/decisions.

Students will be able to competently argue a motion.

Students will be able to develop a discovery plan for a relatively simple civil case and to draft written discovery request.

Students will be able to competently take and defend a deposition in a relatively simple litigation matter.