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Fall 2018

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PLG125 - Civil Litigation

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines civil procedure in state and federal courts and provides indepth analysis of the litigation process emphasizing the function of the paralegal within the process. Applies the rules of civil procedure by analyzing fact patterns, drafting pleadings, and organizing information for trial preparation. Prerequisite: PLG 114 or consent of the program director

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, as documented by exams, written papers or oral presentations, students will be able to:

1.Identify and explain at least five (5) of the differences between civil and criminal procedure.
2. Diagram on a unit test the structure of the state and federal judicial systems.
3. List and explain on a unit test at least three (3) common legal remedies of a civil action.
4.Describe in writing at least five (5) of the techniques for conducting a fact finding investigation.
* 5. Draft basic, essential pleadings in a civil lawsuit.
6. Describe the importance of motion practice with respect to civil litigation.
7.Discuss and explain the three (3) essential supporting documents of civil motion practice.
8.Apply the Code of Professional Responsibility to a legal problem.
9.List and explain on a unit test the five (5) essential rules of evidence.
10. Describe in writing or on a unit test five (5) discovery tools used for civil lawsuits.
* 11. Name and describe in detail the seven (7) essential procedural stages of a civil trial.

* These course objectives have been identified as student learning outcomes that must be formally assessed as part of the College Comprehension Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.


Content Outline:
Introduction to the Litigation Process
Fact Gathering
Case Evaluation
Parties and Jurisdiction
Pleadings
Motions and Motion Practice
Provisional Remedies
Evidence
Discovery
Settlements
Trials and Appeals
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Effective Term: Fall 2004