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Spring 2023
5320 Pretrial Procedure - SCHWARTZ, C- 14025

Professor(s): Charles Schwartz (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  MW  Location: 200 

Course Outline: This course covers the procedural aspects of trying a case in a Texas state court, up to the time of trial. Topics covered include the investigation of a case; the preparation of a petition, the service of same, and the taking of a default judgment in the event of a defendant fails to answer; determining subject-matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, and venue; defensive pleading standards; discovery practice, including sanctions for discovery abuse; and dilatory and dispositive motion practice.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Synchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Contrary to the UH information, some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. A physical classroom may be assigned for this course to give students a location in the Law Center to join the virtual class sessions. If the course has a final examination, the final and any other assessment for the course, such as a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/05 9am-12pm      

This course will have:
Exam:
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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Dorsaneo, Thornburg, Carlson & Crump, Texas Civil Procedure: Pretrial Litigation, 2018-2019
ISBN 978-1-5310-1242-7
e-ISBN 978-1-5310-1243-4
Texas Rules of Civil Procedure; Michigan Legal Publishing Ltd., 2019 Edition
ISBN-13: 978-1640020528
ISBN-10: 1640020527
If you do not want to buy a rule book, you can download the rules from the internet:
https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1443641/trcp-all-updated-with-amendments-effective-febraury-26-2019.pdf