University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2014

Course Description
This course will provide a detailed overview of how to prepare a Corporate Client for litigation, from the pre- litigation stage through the disposition of the case. Topics covered will include: forecasting and explaining to the corporate executives the Client role in discovery , depositions and trial testimony. Special emphasis will be placed on the critical aspects of counseling corporate management on what to expect during the litigation process and offering guidance on strategic developments and unexpected divergences during the case. An intended goal of the course is to teach students how to forge trusting client relationships so as to facilitate a partnership between the corporation leadership and its legal team as it develops trial evidence, makes damages evaluations , practices with "mock juries" and conducts settlement negotiations. Professional ethical issues that typically arise in these situations will be discussed. The course will include interactive workshops in which the students will practice "hands on" client preparation techniques , expert witness identification and interviews. Students will participate in simulations on advising the client during trial , and giving advice on juror perspectives and verdict potentials.

The teaching materials for this course will be based on a large insurance company as the corporate client, but the skills and techniques that the students will learn are applicable to most corporate client litigation situations. This course will be helpful both to students who are interested in litigation training for corporate client representation, and to those who might want to pursue corporate management either from the business or legal perspective.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-27-2014 - 02-01-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
01-27-2014 - 01-30-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A110
01-31-2014 - 01-31-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM A110
02-01-2014 - 02-01-2014   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A110

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: The students will be required to submit short papers and one longer paper on selected topics, and actively participate in simulations.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Related
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None