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PAL 111 - Litigation 1

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

An introduction to the differences between civil and criminal litigation with an emphasis on civil litigation. The student learns the rules which govern the lawsuit, the way legal principles are developed from prior court decisions and types of relief a court can give to a person. The student learns the variety of state and federal courts and their scope of jurisdiction. Emphasis is on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Judicial Code.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Distinguish the differences between criminal and civil litigation.
  2. Identify and apply the rules and procedures which govern the lawsuit, how the legal dispute is disposed of in various judicial systems and accepting a client’s case to the collection process.
  3. Recognize the structure litigation may take at the state and federal levels and the functions of a paralegal in the litigation process.
  4. Analyze the ethical considerations involved in dealing with clients and interoffice as well as outside the office professionals.
Listed Topics
  1. Principles of Litigation and ethical considerations throughout the litigation process
  2. Lawyer and Client Relationships
  3. Causes of Action and Remedies
  4. Affirmative Defenses
  5. Jurisdiction and Court Organization
  6. Introduction to Federal Procedures
  7. Pleadings
  8. Joinder of Claims and Parties
  9. Gathering the Evidence
  10. Investigation
  11. Interrogatories
  12. Expert Witness
  13. Oral Depositions
  14. Use of Oral Depositions at Trial
  15. Inspection of Documents
  16. Trial Preparation
  17. Trial
  18. Judgments
  19. Appeals
  20. Settlements, Releases, Collections
Reference Materials
Contemporary texts, software, and appropriate A-V materials.
Approved By: Kingsmore, John Date Approved: 01/13/1997

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