CoursePre-Trial Litigation - Law 668
Instructor Mark Lammers   View Faculty Page
Units 3 -
Recommended Courses:

Evidence (608); Federal Jurisdiction (642); Remedies (644)


This is a simulation course in which students are organized into law firms which litigate against each other during the semester.  It focuses on civil litigation as a process in which early decisions and steps have consequences which invariably affect later steps.  The course covers prefiling fact investigation, interviewing parties and witnesses, legal research, litigation strategy, pleadings, discovery, motions and settlement.  Students prepare weekly assignments, such as drafting complaints and answers, discovery documents, taking depositions, drafting summary judgment motions, and preparing pretrial memoranda.  The final assignment is attending a settlement conference. 


Mauet, Pretrial (7th ed.) 

Course Format

Learn-by-doing simulation method

Written Assignments

Pretrial documents (pleadings, discovery, motions), research and interview memoranda.

Type of Exam


Basis for grading

Written work and settlement conference, class participation.

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