Civil Litigation Basics

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The Complaint

The complaint is the pleading that formally starts a lawsuit. This course provides an introduction to complaints, including the typical structure and content, pre-filing considerations, and ethical obligations when filing a complaint.

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Answering a Complaint

Answers respond to the allegations in a complaint. This course covers the main parts of an answer, how to respond to factual allegations, affirmative defenses, counterclaims, and cross-claims.

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Introduction to Motion Practice

An introduction to motion practice, including the typical briefing process, the ways a motion can be made, the contents of a typical motion, and strategic considerations when drafting a brief.

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Motion to Dismiss

An overview of motions to dismiss, including grounds for filing, the filing process, and how a motion to dismiss may affect the schedule of the litigation for different types of cases.