SRJC Course Outlines

7/5/2022 5:43:21 AMPLS 53 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PLS 53Title:  CIVIL PROC: PLEADINGS  
Full Title:  Civil Procedure: Pleadings
Last Reviewed:9/14/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An in-depth examination of all phases of civil procedure, from the initial stages of planning and preparing the civil lawsuit to the trial, is presented in this course.  Students draft typical pleadings, including complaints, motions, demurrers, answers and cross-complaints from factual situations presented in class.  Common means of terminating a suit without trial, such as summary judgments, defaults, dismissals and settlement are also discussed.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in PLS 50 and PLS 51


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of BGN 71

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An in-depth examination of all phases of civil procedure, from the initial stages of planning and preparing the civil lawsuit to the trial, is presented in this course.  Students draft typical pleadings, including complaints, motions, demurrers, answers and cross-complaints from factual situations presented in class.  Common means of terminating a suit without trial, such as summary judgments, defaults, dismissals and settlement are also discussed.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in PLS 50 and PLS 51
Recommended:Course Completion of BGN 71
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2010Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Distinguish between form and drafted pleadings.
2. Perform litigation drafting tasks that are typically assigned to paralegals.
3. Manage litigation files.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Draft and respond to pre-trial pleadings.
2. Amend pleadings.
3. Perform legal calendaring tasks.
4. Evaluate and compile material for trial binder.
5. Examine and review litigation files.
6. Create pre-trial checklists.
7. Create expert witness list, testimony witness lists, and trial strategy outline.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Pleadings
    A. Types of pleadings
    B. Causes of action
    C. Real parties in interest
    D. Capacity to bring suit
    E. Litigation file management
II. Complaints and Cross Complaints
    A. Form pleadings and drafted pleadings
    B. Format
    C. Drafting allegations
    D. Pleading devices
    E. The prayer
    F. Verification
    G. Service of summons
    H. Pleading in federal courts
    I.  Drafting tips
III. Answering the Complaint
    A. Answering a Superior Court complaint
    B. Denials to Superior Court complaints
    C. Affirmative defenses
    D. Drafting affirmative defenses
    E. Forms of answers in Superior Court
    F. Answering a Federal Court complaint
IV. Attacking the Pleadings
    A. Strategies
    B. Demurrers and motions of judgment on the pleadings
    C. Motions to strike
    D. Attacking the pleadings in Federal Court
V. Amending the Pleadings
    A. Amending Superior Court pleadings
    B. Amending by right
    C. Amending by leave of court
    D. Considerations of the court granting leave to amend
    E. Amending pleadings in Federal Court
VI. Calendaring Pleadings
    A. Trial timelines
    B. Calendaring in Superior Court
    C. State and local rules affecting calendaring
    D. Statutes of Limitations
    E. Deadlines for responses to pleadings
    F. Dismissal statutes
    G. Calendaring in Federal Court
    H. California's Trial Delay Reduction Act
VII. Law and Motion
    A. General format rules
    B. Motion structure and elements
    C. Service and filing
    D. Opposing motions
    E. Tentative rulings
    F. Law and motion hearings
    G. Orders of the court
    H. Sanctions
    I. Ex parte motions
    J. Settlement conferences
    K. Defaults
VIII. Summary Judgment
    A. Grounds for summary judgment
    B. Summary adjudication
    C. Pleading in the alternative
    D. Advantages and disadvantages of summary judgment motions
    E. Form and format of motion
    F. Timing limitations
    G. Notice requirements
    H. Memorandum of Points and Authorities
    I.  Supporting evidence
    J. Separate Statement of Undisputed Fact
    K. Opposing Motions for Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication
    L. Orders
IX. Trial Setting Procedures
X.  Trial Preparation
    A. Trial binder and pre-trial checklist
    B. Trial strategy outline
    C. Witness lists
XI. Judgments and Post-Trial Motions
    A. Motions for fees and costs
    B. Motion for judgment not withstanding the verdict
    C. Motion for new trial and to vacate the judgment
    D. Form and format of post-trial motions
    E. Post-trial motions in Federal Court
XII. Provisional Remedies and Extraordinary Writs
    A. Injunctions, receiverships, and attachments
    B. Writ of Mandamus
    C. Writ of Certiorari

Assignments:
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1. Read textbook and outside sources of approximately 40 pages per week
2. Conduct appropriate research and draft weekly pleadings assignments
3. Research homework of procedural and substantive law
3. Participate in weekly discussions
4. Draft summary judgment motion
5. Two to five quizzes, final and midterm exams

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
60 - 75%
Drafting legal pleadings. Draft motions for summary judgment
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework assignments: research procedural and substantive law
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Quizzes, final and midterm exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Participation in weekly discussions


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Litigation by the Numbers & the Substantive Companion. Goren, Julie. Lawdable Press. 2016 (classic)
Recommended reference:  Civil Procedure Before Trial. Weil, Robert and Brown, Ira. The Rutter Group. 2015 (classic)

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