Civil Procedure & Litigation I


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

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About this Course

Litigation is the method our society uses to resolve disputes peaceably through the court system; civil procedure refers to the set of rules utilized to accomplish this. Anyone hoping to succeed in the legal field must have a clear understanding of how these systems function.

In this course, you'll learn how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of claims and defenses. We’ll examine how and where lawsuits are commenced and what they should contain. You’ll also discover how to acquire the information necessary to present a case to a judge or jury, how to write and employ motions, and effective settlement negotiations and strategies.  


  • Effective techniques for interviewing clients and witnesses
  • Different defenses to lawsuits, including statutes of limitation and claim statutes
  • How to draft effective discovery demands, and ways to oppose those demands
  • Local, state and federal court rules


  • Draft pleadings, including complaints, answers, counterclaims and affirmative defenses
  • Complete an entire discovery project, including interrogatories, requests for production of documents, deponent list and requests for admissions
  • Participate in a mock deposition

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. The number of courses offered each quarter varies depending on how many quarters the program covers. See below for details.

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