Civil Procedure concerns the rules and principles that govern the litigation of a civil case. Whatever grievance or injury an individual might have, there is no legal recourse available to them without the proper application of civil procedure to their claim. Successful legal professions must have a comprehensive understanding of the ins and outs of civil litigation and the complex procedural and systemic issues related to how and where a lawsuit is filed. With any civil case or controversy, the first steps to civil litigation include an evaluation of personal and subject matter jurisdiction, venue, the notice required once a lawsuit has been filed, and which substantive law – state or federal – should apply. Once these critical evaluations are made, the case will proceed accordingly and requires legal professionals to be familiar with the various stages of a lawsuit, including: pleading; structuring the lawsuit; discovery; termination of a lawsuit without trial; trial; and actions that may be taken after a jury verdict or bench trial.
Because they affect every aspect of civil litigation, an understanding of these rules and processes is essential to the everyday work of any legal professional. For those students looking toward law school or who are interested in the paralegal profession, this program offers an incredibly useful and realistic look into the actual work that lawyers and legal professionals do every day. This program explores the process and procedures associated with a civil case. It includes the initial client interview and fact gathering, preparations of pleadings, trial preparation, post-trial procedure, ethical considerations for handling a civil law case, and the application of technology in the preparation and trial of a law suit. Although reference is made to state laws, the course concentrates on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
Education and National Certifications
Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state
approval, state registration or other state requirements for this
program, students who complete this program will be
prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam.
Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the
externship option with their program. Students who complete this program
can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are
qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.
Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum
Although not a requirement, once
students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in
an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills
necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this
field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other
requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete
this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be
placed with a participating organization near their location.