PARA 3050 Litigation I

Introduction and detailed analysis of the litigation process in federal and state courts; jurisdiction and venue analysis; commencement of the lawsuit, including the initial client interview and investigation techniques and methods; the early pleadings, including the complaint and petition; the answer and other early objections, exceptions and motions; calendars and tickler systems; federal and state court systems and practice; discovery procedures including file management; management of document production; depositions and deposition summaries; overview of discovery devices and pleadings; summary judgments and other pre-trial matters. Lecture is supplemented with drafting practice.