Legal Research, Writing and Civil Litigation

Legal Research and Writing
United States Legal System – Judicial Structure Legal Research
Introduction and Separation of Powers
Federalism and the Difference Between the Federal and State Judicial Systems
Sources of Law
Case Law
Introduction to Legal Research
Legal Research Sources
Legal Citation
Briefs, Legal Memoranda and Legal Writing
Cite Checking
Civil Litigation
Jurisdiction Venue, the Erie Doctrine and Choice of Law Pre-Trial Practice Trial Practice Post-Trial Practice; Appeals; Class Actions
Introduction; Jurisdiction Over the Parties or Things
Jurisdiction Over the Parties or Things – Personal Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction over the Parties or Things – In Rem Jurisdiction and Quasi In Rem Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction over the Subject Matter of the Action (Subject Matter Jurisdiction)
Jurisdiction over the Subject Matter of the Action (Subject Matter Jurisdiction) – Supplemental Jurisdiction
Venue – Introduction
Venue – State Actions
Venue – Federal Actions
Venue – Forum Non Conveniens
Venue – Removal to Federal Court
Erie Doctrine and Choice of Law – Introduction
Erie Doctrine and Choice of Law – History of the Erie Doctrine
Erie Doctrine and Choice of Law – Choice of Law
Introduction to Pre-Trial Practice
Summons, Complaint and Answer
Service of Process
Discovery and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11
Pre-trial Motions Practice
Adding Parties and Claims
Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel
Introduction to Trial Practice
Basic Trial, Jury Selection
Opening Statements, Burdens of Proof
Plaintiff’s Case-in-Chief; Motions Made After Plaintiff’s Case-in-Chief
Defendant’s Case-in-Chief; Motions Made After Defendant’s Case-in-Chief; Rebuttal and Surrebuttal
Close of Evidence; Closing Arguments; Jury Instructions; Jury Deliberations
Introduction to Post-Trial Practice
Post-Trial Motions
Enforcement of Judgments
Appeals
Class Action Lawsuits