Law 700 - Pretrial Civil Litigation

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 will be practicing 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, motion practice and negotiation. 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.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1) Conduct efficient client interviews;

2) Competently conduct legal research;

3) Draft pleadings;

4) Utilize discovery including depositions to develop the factual record;

5) Draft compelling persuasive legal briefs;

6) Orally advocate on behalf of clients;

7) Negotiate on behalf of clients; and

8) Draft settlement agreements. 

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jason Light 21S 700 LEC 3 TR 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 4.0 Yes No
  Prerequisite: Law 145. Civil Procedure. Experiential course enrollment through separate process; deadline: Noon on 11/6/20. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00pm o n 1/29/21.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2021 LEC 3
Moore et al. Depositions in a Nutshell  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9781634598958. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $50.00