Course Details

Civil Discovery

A vital part of any litigation practice involves the effective use of the civil discovery process to uncover evidence needed to evaluate the client's case, and to prepare for settlement, summary judgment or trial. In this seminar, you will learn not only the civil discovery rules, but also how to plan for the discovery process as well as how to use interrogatories, document requests, depositions, requests to admit, and other discovery tools. The seminar will be led by United States Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier, along with 8 adjunct professors drawn from a variety of litigation practice experiences in Chicago. Each student will be assigned a role as attorney for the plaintiff or defendant. Class sessions will involve both a lecture presentation from a faculty member on a discovery topic, and a breakout session in which students will gain experience in drafting discovery requests and responses, taking and defending mock depositions, and preparing and arguing motions on issues that litigators regularly confront, such as on electronic discovery preservation and document production. This class will particularly benefit students contemplating a litigation practice after graduation. Registration Requirements: Class size will be limited to 24 students. Teaching Methods: Class Participation, Guest Speakers, Presentations, Simulation/Role-Play. Evaluation Methods: Attendance, Class Participation, Final Paper (may not exceed 4,000 words), Weekly Exercises Class Materials. The text that students must purchase is Pretrial, by Thomas A. Mauet, and a copy of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (ISBN-13: 978-1463518455) that includes the commentary to the rules. Most of the exercises will be drawn from the Jamie Taylor v. Pinnacle Packaging Products, Inc. case file, which will be available on the Canvas. Adjuncts may provide additional limited reading materials in connection with their lectures, which will also be posted on Canvas. This class meets the Professional Writing Requirement

Catalog Number: LITARB 659
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute Resolution
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class,  Professional Writing


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 17

Spring 2017
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 16

Spring 2016
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 7

Spring 2015
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 11