809 - CA Civil Pretrial Litigation (2)

This course includes lectures, demonstrations, and extensive student participation in simulations concerning all aspects of civil litigation before trial with particular emphasis on strategies for efficiently securing favorable outcomes. Areas of coverage include: early informal investigation, identifying a “theory of the case,” how case theory affects formation of a discovery plan, selecting among informal and formal discovery choices, choosing deponents, tactics of taking and defending depositions, preparing interrogatories and interrogatory responses, tactics of propounding and responding to other discovery requests, options for resolution of discovery disputes, evaluation of potential pretrial motions for full or partial summary adjudication, and pretrial submissions. Students draft documents pertaining to all aspects of civil pretrial practice. (Simulation).