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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD201 Course ID: 2897 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course gives the students a broad overview of the litigation process and the specific role of the paralegal. This course is an introduction to and the exploration of the process related to civil litigation and the procedures normally the responsibility of the paralegal in preparing materials for trial. Coverage will include information gathering, interviewing, organizing, and preparation of materials for trial. It includes general information on the litigation process and practical exercises to help the student learn to implement the role of the paralegal, such as how to conduct an initial fact finding interview. The course will give an overview of the structure of the court system.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the basic rules of litigation and the elements of discovery.

2. Analyze how cases are planned and how strategies are developed.

3. Apply the tenets of civil litigation to various fact patterns.

4. Distinguish the differences between civil litigation and other types of litigation.

5. Describe how the court system is structured.

6. Outline the role of the paralegal in the litigation process.

7. Distinguish the roles of the paralegal and attorney in the litigation process.

8. Examine the litigation process from client meeting to appeal.

FORUM PARTICIPATION: Your participation in the Weekly Forums comprises 40% of your overall grade.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: There are six written assignments worth 50% of your overall grade. These written assignments are due on Sunday evening at 11:59 pm EST during Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8.


Each student will complete one case brief, which counts for 10% of your overall grade. More details about this case brief, which will be due during the 7th week of class, will be outlined in the class.


There are no final and midterm exams in this class.

Grades will be assigned as follows:

NameGrade %
Forum Participation 39.00 %
Forum Week#1 4.88 %
Forum Week#2 4.88 %
Forum Week#3 4.88 %
Forum Week#4 4.88 %
Forum Week#5 4.88 %
Forum Week#6 4.88 %
Forum Week#7 4.88 %
Forum Week#8 4.88 %
Extra-Credit 3.00 %
extra credit 3.00 %
Case Brief for Week#7 10.00 %
Case Brief Assignment-Week 7 10.00 %
Written Assignments 50.00 %
Week 1 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Week 2 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Week 3 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Week 4 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Week 5 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Week 6 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Week 8 Written Assignment 7.14 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %

Required Readings

Roger C. Park and Douglas D. McFarland, Computer-Aided Exercises in Civil Procedure, Published by CALI eLangdell Press. Available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 License:

You can access Park and McFarland using the following link:

Hillel Y. Levin, Civil Procedure: Pleading, Published by CALI eLangdell Press. Available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 License:

You can access Levin using the following link:

In addition to these open source textbooks, you will be expected to understand the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are available on-line at:

CALI Registration Information:

1. Go to and click on the 'Not a registered user yet?' link.

2. In the field requesting an authorization code enter: AMEPUNstu622

3. Provide the information requested on the next screens.

4. At the completion of the registration process you will be logged on to the CALI website and may use the legal education lessons.

On subsequent visits to the website, log on by just entering your email address and the password you created when you registered on the site. The authorization code is used only the first time when you registered on the website.

*Recommended, but not required: The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015).

You can access the Blue Book for free at

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.