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First-Year Associates: Litigation

Introductory courses for junior civil litigation associates, covering concepts such as discovery, motion practice, doc review, and financial aspects of litigation practice.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Introduction to Depositions

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

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    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.

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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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    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.

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    Financial Concepts in Litigation Practice

    The key financial concepts in litigation practice, including how financial statements are used by litigators, which bookkeeping records might be included in a document request, the roles of financial experts and fact witnesses, and the basis of calculations for damages or settlements.

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    Introduction to Financial Statements

    An introduction to the four main financial statements, with examples of how the statements are affected by different business transactions.

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    M&A Practice

    What is M&A practice? What do deal lawyers do? This course will help you understand this practice area, whether you want to be an M&A lawyer or not.

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    Deal Process Overview

    Learn about the overall M&A deal process, from setting up the deal team to the post-closing.

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    Valuation

    Valuation is one of the most fundamental concepts in corporate finance. This course describes the different measures of a company’s value, and the various techniques used to value businesses and their assets.