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General Civil Litigation

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General Civil Litigation:

All trial lawyers must be masters of procedure, the complex body of rules that so often determine the outcome of disputes. In addition to litigation-oriented courses required of all students - Civil Procedure, Evidence and Practice Court - students concentrating in General Civil Litigation complete a variety of advanced procedural courses, including a study of increasingly-popular alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration. Given that most civil trial lawyers specialize in a particular type of litigation, students choosing General Civil

Litigation have the flexibility to shape their concentrated study to reflect their particular interest.

Students interested more specifically in business litigation, such as actions involving corporate officer and director liability, employment discrimination, securities litigation, or antitrust litigation, can complete the Business Litigation area of concentration. Students interested in fiduciary and probate litigation are encouraged to complete both the General Civil Litigation and Estate Planning concentrations.

In addition to taking Civil Procedure, Remedies and Practice Court (courses completed by all students), those choosing to concentrate in General Civil Litigation must complete the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Alternative Dispute Resolution2
Complex Litigation3
Conflict of Laws3
Federal Courts3

General Civil Litigation students also complete six hours from among the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Administration of Estates2
Consumer Protection3
Creditors' Remedies2
Healthcare Litigation2
Personal Injury Trial Law1
Products Liability2
Trial Advocacy: Advanced Advocacy Skills2
Trial Advocacy: Advanced Trial Preparation2

For more information, see Professors Powell, Wren, Counseller, and Fuselier.

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