LGLA-1345-73 - Civil Litigation
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2015 Course Syllabus
LGLA-1345-73 - Civil Litigation
|Instructor||McPherson, Michelle Lindahl|
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|Course Description||Presents fundamental concepts and procedures of civil litigation including pretrial, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation and emphasizes the paralegal''s role in civil litigation.|
|Course Prerequisites||LGLA 1307 (or taken concurrently).|
|Required Textbooks||Civil Litigation, Kerley, Latest edition, Delmar Pub. and Mindtap through Cengage.|
|Attendance Policy||A student may be dropped from the course if his/her absences exceed 9.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
A. Three regular exams - 60%
B. Projects/Assignments/Exercises/Discussion- 20%
C. Final exam - 15%
D. Attendance/Participation - 5%
|Final Exam Date||May 7, 2015 - 8:00 AM|
|Major Assignments||Same as "Calendar of Lecture...", below|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week Reading Topics Assignments/Homework
Chapter 1: Litigation and the Paralegal
• Overview of litigation process and role of paralegal
2 Chapter 1: Litigation and the Paralegal
• Overview of litigation process and role of paralegal
3 Chapter 2: The Courts and Jurisdiction
• Structure and function of federal courts; subject matter jurisdiction and personal jurisdiction of courts
4 Chapter 3: Preliminary Considerations and Procedures
Chapter 4: Investigation and Evidence
• Cause of actions, statutes of limitation, ethical considerations; interviewing and investigation; overview of Federal Rules of Evidence
5 Chapter 5: The Complaint
• Drafting and filing the complaint and summons; service of process
Test 1 chapters 1-4
6 Chapter 6: Responses to the Complaint
Chapter 7: Motion Practice
• Drafting and serving answers, counter claims, cross claims and third party actions; defaults; overview of pretrial, trial and posttrial motions; drafting motions
7 Chapter 7: Motion Practice continued
8 Chapter 8: Overview of the Discovery Process
• Nature and extent of discovery including ESI; mutual disclosure under federal rules; obligation to cooperate
9 Chapter 9: Depositions
• Nature of oral depositions, depositions in an electronic age, paralegal role before, during and after the oral deposition; depositions on written questions
Test 2 chapters 5-8
10 Chapter 10: Interrogatories
• Scope and purpose of interrogatories; drafting and responding to interrogatories, including use of ESI; objections to interrogatories; motions to compel
11 Chapter 11: Physical and Mental Examinations
• Nature and purpose of physical and mental examinations; requesting and objecting to requests and motions for physical and mental examinations; role of the paralegal
12 Chapter 12: Request for Documents
• Overview of document production; ESI and document production; drafting requests for production; responding to requests; privileges and protection of documents; organizing and indexing documents; inspection of property
13 Chapter 13: Request for Admissions
• Purpose and uses of request for admissions; drafting and responding to the request
Test 3 chapters 9-12
14 Chapter 14: Settlements, Dismissals and ADR
Chapter 15: Trial Techniques
• Settlement offers and agreements; dismissals and consent decrees; distribution of settlement funds; overview of trial procedure; role of paralegal at trial
15 Chapter 16: Posttrial Practice
• Calculating due dates; posttrial motions; overview of appellate procedures; preparation of appellate brief
16 Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Understand legal terms and the paralegal’s role in the legal environment.
2. Apply correct drafting procedures to transactional and court documents.
3. Demonstrate appropriate ethics and professionalism in the
4. Exhibit the ability to use computer skills.
5. Demonstrate comprehension of legal reading materials.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Select the appropriate type of remedy for a civil lawsuit. Understand key terms from the textbook and assigned readings.
2. Recommend to his/her attorney the specific type of jurisdiction applicable in a case. Draft or respond to production requests. Draw up papers requiring a mental or physical exam for a party. Prepare evidence to be introduced in a courtroom. Prepare pleading and pretrial motions for federal civil lawsuits. Amend a petition, answer or motion pleading. Organize cases for trial. Assist an attorney at trial.Understand how to enforce judgments.
3 Work with an attorney in an ethical manner on a civil case. Bill appropriately for time spent on learning lab for the civil case. Report any unethical behavior of law firm or other place of employment appropriately. Perform tasks authorized for paralegals, not attorneys.
4. Utilize blackboard and mindtap through the internet. Draft documents using Word. Prepare charts using Excel. Review power points on the on-line class. Locate the type of law he wants to practice.
5. Study for classes in the most effective way possible. Perform on tests, quizzes and projects appropriately.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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