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Civil Litigation Basics

Civil Litigation Practice

Civil Litigation Basics 11 minutes

Civil Litigation Practice

What do civil litigators do? This course explains the typical roles in a civil litigation group at a law firm, including partners, counsel, associates, and paralegals, and also describes the role of the client.

What is Civil Litigation Practice?
Civil Litigation Basics 13 minutes

The Phases of Civil Litigation

This course explains the life cycle of a civil litigation case, from filing the complaint to conducting discovery to judgment and appeals.

Starting a Civil Litigation
Civil Litigation Basics 17 minutes

Preparing for Trial

Once it’s clear a case is going to trial, there’s a lot to do to get ready for it. This course covers the main tasks involved, from pre-trial motions and exhibit lists to jury selection and closing arguments.

Pre-Trial Items

Ethics in Litigation

Civil Litigation Basics 9 minutes

Privilege in Litigation

Protecting privileged information is critical in litigation. This course explains privilege and work product, what to do if protected information is sent to the other side, clawbacks, privilege waivers, and joint defense groups.

Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product
Civil Litigation Basics 7 minutes

Litigation Holds

Litigation holds (also called Document Retention Notices) help ensure that documents that may be relevant to a lawsuit are preserved. This course explains litigation holds, including what they cover, who they’re sent to, when they’re sent, and when they need to be updated.

Litigation Holds

Pleadings and Motions

Civil Litigation Basics 17 minutes

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.

The Complaint and Pre-Filing Considerations
Civil Litigation Basics 15 minutes

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.

Parts of an Answer and When to File
Civil Litigation Basics 17 minutes

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.

The Contents of a Motion
Civil Litigation Basics 15 minutes

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.

What is a Motion to Dismiss?
Civil Litigation Basics 12 minutes

Motion for Summary Judgment

A discussion on moving for and opposing summary judgment.

Drafting the Motion for Summary Judgment Brief


Civil Litigation Basics 13 minutes

Civil Discovery

An overview of the typical civil litigation discovery process, including the different types of discovery, the process of serving and responding to discovery requests, and the phases of discovery.

Written Discovery, Document Requests, and Depositions
Civil Litigation Basics 17 minutes


E-discovery is an important part of document discovery. This course introduces lawyers to key concepts in e-discovery including terminology, how electronically stored information (ESI) is collected, and working with clients and opposing counsel to gather information.

Electronically Stored Information (ESI)
Civil Litigation Basics 14 minutes

Discovery Requests

Lawyers use requests for production, interrogatories, and requests for admission to get different types of information during discovery. This course explains these discovery requests, including what sections appear in typical requests and related drafting tips.

Types of Requests and their Preliminary Portions
Civil Litigation Basics 13 minutes

Discovery Responses and Objections

After receiving a discovery request, a party will prepare written responses and objections. This course explains written responses and objections to document requests, interrogatories, and requests for admission.

Common Objections
Civil Litigation Basics 14 minutes

Document Review and Production

An overview of how to conduct a document review, including an explanation of the various purposes and goals and how a review might be structured. Also includes an introduction to producing documents and drafting production cover letters.

What is Document Review?
Civil Litigation Basics 12 minutes

10 Tips for Doc Review

Practical tips for lawyers new to conducting a document review. Includes tips on how to add value, organizing and escalating documents, and managing mistakes.

Understanding the Case
Civil Litigation Basics 7 minutes

Introduction to Depositions

An introduction to depositions, including why they’re used, the different types of depositions, deposition procedure, and objections made during depositions.

The Purpose of Depositions
Civil Litigation Basics 11 minutes

Tips for Deposition Prep

Effective depositions require a lot of preparation. This course provides tips on how associates can best help their teams prepare to take or defend depositions, including selecting documents for the deposition prep binder, preparing a deposition outline, and preparing witnesses to testify.

Gathering Documents
Civil Litigation Basics 15 minutes

Priv Logs

An introduction to privilege logs, including what priv logs are, how to identify the documents that need to be logged, preparing the privilege logs, and reviewing the other side’s logs.

What are Privilege Logs?
Civil Litigation Basics 13 minutes

Expert Witnesses

An overview of working with expert witnesses, including consulting and testifying experts, qualification as an expert under the applicable rules, attorney-client privilege considerations, and expert and rebuttal reports.

The Role of Experts