PLG 115 Civil Procedure


This course will examine civil procedures and the court system, including the role of judges, attorneys, and juries. Students will learn how to draft complaints and answers, conduct pre-trial investigation, and the preparation of pre-trial motions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand pleading: the documents (pleadings and related motions) by which litigation is initiated, defined, and sometimes disposed of.
  • Learn how to draft complaints and answers, conduct pre-trial investigation, and the preparation of pre-trial motions.
  • Understand joinder of claims and parties and supplemental jurisdiction: how litigation may be structured when it involves multiple claims and parties and the extent of federal courts’ power to hear particular claims in the litigation as structured.
  • Learn about pre-trial discovery: the means by which parties obtain information prior to trial.
  • Learn about summary judgment: disposition of issues or claims through a final judgment on the merits without trial.
  • Comprehend preclusive effects of judgments: limitations on the parties’ ability to re-litigate matters that have been decided in a prior action.