About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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- + AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- UNDERGRADUATE COURSES AND PROGRAMS
- CORPORATE AND CUSTOM EDUCATION
- + NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Fact Investigation and Discovery (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-683
- Class Number: 03345
- Instructor: Patricia Libby
Civil litigators spend significant time conducting pretrial investigation of the facts of a case and developing evidence. Effective pretrial advocacy requires thorough investigation of the facts of a case through interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting and responding to formal methods of written and documentary discovery, including e-discovery, and taking and defending party and third-party depositions. This one-semester course will expose students to the fundamentals of fact investigation and discovery in the context of a single case from the initial client interview through depositions. The graded assignments will include in-class interviewing and discovery exercises, as well as short written assignments, including a discovery plan, a client interview memo, and discovery requests and responses. The class will also include ungraded exercises that will give students additional practice in techniques of fact investigation and discovery. Three units. Not available for CR/D/F grading. Skills requirement credit. No final exam. Class capped at 15. No LLM students.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: T/Th 9:30 am - 10:45 am
- Room Number: Room 114
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
- Enrollment Limitation: 15 JD students
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