This three credit seminar teaches the important skills that lawyers use up until the time of trial. Since the vast majority of cases settle before trial, a lawyer's success has at least as much to do with mastery of the nuts and bolts of pre-trial advocacy as courtroom prowess. The seminar will use a simulation approach to cover skills that include:
* Interviewing and counseling clients.
* Drafting a complaint.
* Drafting interrogatories and responses to interrogatories.
* Taking and defending depositions.
* Drafting a pre-trial memorandum.
* Participating in a mediation conference.
Students will receive immediate feedback from the instructors on the in-class simulations. Second and third year students are eligible. This course is being offered on a pass/fail basis.