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Spring 2018
7317 WRC: Federal Pretrial Drafting - BREM- 22807

Professor(s): Katherine  Brem (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Practice Skills - (Research and Writing) 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 3  BLB

Course Outline: Federal Pretrial Drafting is an upper level writing class designed to prepare students for “real world” litigation practice after law school. In the context of a single federal court case, students will draft basic pleadings, some minimal discovery documents, a short motion for summary judgment and accompanying response, and a mediation statement. Lectures will cover requirements for these documents under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, but also enable students to refine their factual investigation, legal analysis and drafting skills. Students will receive ample feedback and opportunities to rewrite certain assignments to further hone these essential practice tools.

Grading. The motion for summary judgment and response, along with associated rewrites, will comprise 50% of your final grade.  Discovery documents and any associated rewrites will comprise 20% of your final grade.  Your remaining grade will be apportioned at 10% each among the following assignments: the complaint; the answer; and the mediation statement.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota=12

I will not assign any textbooks for the class, though I think you will find it useful to have easy access to a current edition of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

For myself, I purchased Michigan Legal Publishing Ltd.’s Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2016 ed.), ISBN-13: 978-1518899690, though you can always access the most recent edition of the Federal Rules online.


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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (10/31/2017 12:16:13 PM)

No book required for this course