Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 701 Discovery & Depositions



Course Description

Students will be provided with information upon which to write a complaint and answer, interrogatories, and request for production of documents. Students will then attend case theory sessions. The focus of the class shifts to skills-based training on how to take and defend effective depositions in the context of formal discovery. The main focus of the course will be on developing technical discovery skills. This course is interactive and will conducted in a style that replicates as closely as possible the actual discovery experience with an emphasis on the taking of depositions. Through a combination of classroom exercises and lectures, students will learn: What the discovery process is all about: Basic written discovery skills (complaint, answer, interrogatories, requests for production); How to develop a preliminary case theory; How to prepare one's own witness for deposition; How to prepare for the deposition of an adverse party/witness; Starting the deposition and the usual stipulations; How to take the deposition of an adverse party/witness; How to defend a deposition; The ethics of witness preparation and of taking the deposition; How to use a deposition (dispositive motions, settlement, trial, impeachment). Time permitting the class may also cover other aspects of litigation strategy and/or an exercise on negotiating and settling a case. Enrollment is limited to 16.