Law 705 – Clinical: Pre-Trial Civil Litigation (Prof. Babbe)
This course will be graded on a P/U/NC basis. Students who have taken (or plan on taking) Law 702 (Depositions and Discovery in Complex Litigation) or Law 703 (Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation) should not enroll in this class due to overlap in class content.
This course is designed for students who will be doing civil litigation. The course will provide students with a “real world” overview of how civil litigation is conducted. That means not only showing students how things are actually done in civil litigation, but also having them develop a working understanding of how lawyers strategically use each step in the litigation process – from the selection of a forum to the selection of a particular kind of mediator – to advance their clients’ interests. The course will also provide students with skills-based training in case analysis, interviewing, depositions and negotiation. These skills will be taught through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and simulated role-playing exercises. Simulations will be videotaped and critiqued by the instructor.