Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Tort Litigation Practice



The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire and practice the skills essential to effective lawyering including: interviewing clients and witnesses, analyzing facts to develop persuasive legal theories, preparing clients for and taking depositions, counseling clients, and negotiating on behalf of a client. To accomplish this goal students study and review literature covering these areas and engage in numerous in-class exercises to practice these skills. In addition, students participate as part of a 10- or 12-person law firm that has been hired to represent either the plaintiff or defendant in a tort litigation matter. This may include medical malpractice, products liability, defamation, negligence or other matter. As active firm members, students have numerous opportunities to practice, critique and observe key lawyering skills. The students are required to complete a client opinion letter that discusses the facts of the case, the law, the client’s interest and objective, and the negotiated solution.