About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Pretrial Advocacy (Spring 2018)
- Course Number: LAW-820
- Class Number: 03573
- Instructor: Benjamin Yaghoubian
Co-taught with Austin Norris
Pretrial advocacy is a critical component of litigation, and the required skills are developed through practice and experience. Accordingly, exercises and simulations are a very large component of the course (as well as the grading rubric). This course does not have a final exam, however students will be required to complete short written assignments periodically.
Students will be asked to practice a broad range of skills required in civil litigation, including client interviews and interactions, motion practice, meeting and conferring, hearing preparation, oral argument, deposition preparation, taking and defending depositions, and propounding and responding to discovery. Students will be required to craft and present factual and legal arguments, both in the context of written briefing and oral argument. We will also discuss legal ethical issues such as conflicts of interest (including the mechanics of running proper conflicts checks), the attorney-client and work product privileges, and inadvertent disclosures of protected material.
- Unit Value: 4
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: W 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
- Room Number: Room 1
- Exam: None
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 14 students
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