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Fact Investigation and Discovery (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-683
  • Class Number: 03345
  • Instructor: Patricia Libby

Course Description

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.

Course Details

  • 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