Training Guide

Introduction to Depositions

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Training Guide

Introduction to Depositions

Topic
Civil Litigation Basics
Duration
Format
Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Deposition goals
  • Types of witnesses
  • Deposition procedure
  • Tips for preparing materials for deposition or witness prep

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

https://www.hotshotlegal.com/trainings/introduction-to-depositions/attendee

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

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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.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What are five goals for taking a deposition?
  • How can deposition testimony be used at trial?
  • What are the types of witnesses?
  • What’s a corporate representative witness?
  • What is a deposition prep binder?
  • What’s the process for selecting documents for a deposition prep binder?
  • What are some goals of witness prep?
Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise above. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot's Civil Litigation Basics and Depositions topics.

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