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

Course Description
After the initial pleadings in a civil case, how do the parties get the information they need from each other to prevail in the litigation? Did you read about the case where, after a jury verdict of over $10 million in favor of the plaintiff, the court sanctioned the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s lawyer over $700,000 for destroying relevant documents that were requested by the defendant? This course will explore the tension between zealously representing a client’s interests and fairly responding to discovery requests so as not to obstruct the process.

This advanced writing course focuses on the specialized drafting and practical skills needed for successful civil litigation practice. Following the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Southern District of Florida, this course will take students through a hypothetical civil litigation problem, in which students will be assigned attorney roles. Students will learn how to prepare discovery documents tailored to the demands of contemporary legal practice; how to interact with clients, colleagues, and opposing counsel; and how to collaborate with colleagues and opposing counsel to achieve the best result for the client. Students will also receive training in professionalism, oral advocacy, professional correspondence, and other essential litigation skills.

This course is being offered in connection with Rule 56 and Beyond: Mastering Summary Judgment Motions (Spring 2015). Students who complete Discovery in Civil Litigation will take Mastering Summary Judgment Motions in Spring 2015, where they will write and argue summary judgment motions applying Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the Southern District of Florida. The case examined in Discovery in Civil Litigation will provide the factual basis for the summary judgment motions.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-18-2014 - 11-25-2014   W  9:00 AM-10:50 AM E352

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will receive a letter graded based on their written submissions, oral argument skills, professionalism, and class participation
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
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Office: D340