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Fact Investigation and Discovery (Spring 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-683
  • Class Number: 03363
  • 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 simulations, including a mock deposition conducted by each student, as well as written assignments, including a client interview memo, discovery requests, and a deposition outline.  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.  


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: T/Th 10:00 am - 11:15 am
  • Room Number: Room 114
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 15 students