Complex Litigation

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Course Details

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

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About this Course


This course builds on the previous courses in civil procedure and litigation, the primary method of resolving disputes through our court system. You’ll take a deeper dive into the topic by examining an actual case — Anderson v. Cryovac — that involves many aspects of complex litigation. 

In the context of this case, we’ll review the entire process of litigation, including informal investigation, filing of the pleadings, trial, settlement and appeal. You’ll also study more complex issues such as removal and supplemental jurisdiction, joinder of claims and parties, discovery wrangling and abuse, secrecy in litigation, bifurcation and polyfurcation of cases, dismissals, special verdicts, motions for new trials, and issue and claim preclusion in subsequent litigation. 

What You'll Learn

  • Essential litigation options presented by a factual situation in a complex lawsuit involving toxic tort 
  • Rules related to procedure, discovery, and jurisdiction related to federal and state court
  • State and federal laws affecting civil lawsuits
  • Issues related to advanced case valuation, tort liability, joint and several liability, and ethics 

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.