LAWS140 Civil Litigation and Practice
Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law
- I. Course Number and Title
- LAWS140 Civil Litigation and Practice
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- LAWS100 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- This course utilizes a learning management space to supplement course materials.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course provides students with an overview of the theory, procedure and mechanics of a lawsuit from fact gathering through judgment enforcement, with an emphasis on the Pennsylvania Court System.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning GoalsStudents will:
- Understand the structure of state and federal court;
- Identify and explain the steps of file preparation and production of appropriate documentation/evidence for use in a law office and in court;
- Compose a complaint and complete the necessary steps of revision, including interviewing and fact gathering;
- Observe and describe the steps of a civil case from the initial filing to post judgment issues;
- Summarize the ethical considerations involved in the litigation process; and
- Demonstrate an understanding of the initial and final stages of a lawsuit, including post-trial issues.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning ActivitiesThe following topics are presented:
- State and Federal Court Structure
- Fact gathering
- Post-trial issues
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified by the area faculty and described in the individual instructor's course syllabus are utilized.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 4/99; Revised 4/05; New Core 8/2015; Revised 12/2015