Law 702 - Deposition Skills

Jason Light

Jason Light

Lecturer in Law
B.S. University of Illinois, 1996
J.D. UCLA, 1999
UCLA Faculty Since 2003
Course Description:

This course is designed for students who intend to engage in a heavy civil litigation practice. The course focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of taking and defending depositions in complex cases. Special emphasis is given to deposing hostile witnesses. Students will prepare for, take and defend depositions in simulated cases.

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

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) Use timeline questioning techniques to obtain a witness' chronology;

2) Use t-funnel questioning techniques to obtain a witness' version of events;

3) Understand the role of objections during depositions;

4) Prepare for a deposition of an adverse witness;

5) Takes notes during a deposition;

6) Properly use documents during a deposition;

7) Handle evasive testimony from an adverse deponent;

8) Undermine negative testimony;

9) Cement positive testimony; and

10) Use advance techniques to try to obtain helpful admissions during a deposition.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jason Light 18F 702 LEC 1 WF 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 No No
  Experiential course enrollment is through a separate process; deadline July 2, noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU Early drop deadline: 8/22/2018.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2018 LEC 1
Moore et al. Depositions in a Nutshell  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9781634598958. REQUIRED $47.00