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Litigation is practice at every stage of a civil or criminal trial.  Attorneys in any area of the law should be conversant with alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as negotiation, arbitration, and mediation.  Litigation attorneys may spend more of their time in court in contrast to attorneys working in a transactional practice.                                                     

Litigation attorneys would benefit from the following classes: legal drafting, evidence, criminal and civil procedure, pretrial practice, trial advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. Appellate practice knowledge is also useful because so much appellate practice concentrates on preserving trial court error for appeal.  As well, litigation attorneys need knowledge and experience in the subject areas in which they are litigating.

For more information about litigation, see the American Bar Association Section of Litigation; the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar; and the American Association for Justice, a national organization of civil plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Investigate potential and current cases.

  • Draft demand letters and responses, charging documents, complaints and other pleadings, discovery documents, court filings, and jury instructions; respond to any such documents from opposing counsel.

  • Assist clients and their employees in complying with discovery.

  • Negotiate aspects or entire outcome of case.

  • Represent clients in mediation.

  • Prepare for and try case in front of judge or arbitrator(s).

State Agencies
  • Investigate potential and current cases.
  • Draft demand letters and responses, charging documents, complaints and other pleadings, discovery documents, court filings, and jury instructions; respond to any such documents from opposing counsel.
  • Assist clients and their employees in complying with discovery.
  • Negotiate aspects or entire outcome of case.
  • Represent clients in mediation.
  • Prepare for and try case in front of judge or arbitrator(s).

Local Government

  • Investigate potential and current cases.
  • Draft demand letters and responses, charging documents, complaints and other pleadings, discovery documents, court filings, and jury instructions; respond to any such documents from opposing counsel.
  • Assist clients and their employees in complying with discovery.
  • Negotiate aspects or entire outcome of case.
  • Represent clients in mediation.
  • Prepare for and try case in front of judge or arbitrator(s).

Private Law Firms

  • Investigate potential and current cases.
  • Draft demand letters and responses, charging documents, complaints and other pleadings, discovery documents, court filings, and jury instructions; respond to any such documents from opposing counsel.
  • Assist clients and their employees in complying with discovery.
  • Negotiate aspects or entire outcome of case.
  • Represent clients in mediation.
  • Prepare for and try case in front of judge or arbitrator(s).

Other Activities

  • Get involved with student bar association.
  • Obtain an internship with an attorney or firm who specializes in litigation.
  • Periodically check the Symplicity Job Board for opportunities in this area of law.

Civil Litigation/Appellate Practice Curriculum Guide

CIVIL LITIGATION/APPELLATE PRACTICE

Faculty Members Include: Tim Arcaro, Randolph Braccialarghe, Brion Blackwelder, Kathy Cerminara, Megan Chaney, Michael Dale, Mark Dobson, Michael Flynn, Amanda Foster, Richard Grosso, Joe Hnylka, Bob Jarvis, Judith Karp, Camille Lamar, Jim Levy, Michael Masinter, Michael Richmond, John Sanchez, Kathryn Webber

 

Core Offerings

Advanced Offerings

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Conflict of Laws (3 Credits) LAW 0693 (MBE)

Advanced Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0893

Civil Field Placement Clinic (FT 12 Credits) LAW 0826/0829 or (PT 6 credits) LAW 0826/0828

Evidence (4 Credits) LAW 0614 (MBE) (FB)

Advanced Professional Responsibility Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0697

Civil Rights Litigation Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0615

Legal Research and Writing I (3 Credits) LAW 0662

Appellate Practice Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0874

Dispute Resolution Clinic (8 Credits) LAW 1035/1036/ 1037

Legal Research and Writing II (3 Credits) LAW 0663

Civil Pre-Trial Practice (3 Credits) LAW 0517

Domestic Violence Law and Policy (2 Credits) LAW 0694

Legal Reasoning and Analysis (2 credits) LAW 0792

Electronic Discovery, Digital Evidence and Information Governance Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0200

Family Law Litigation Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 0686

Remedies (3 Credits) LAW 0755

(FB)

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Interviewing and Counseling (2 Credits) LAW 1062

 

International Law (3 Credits) LAW 0840

Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating (3 Credits) LAW 0665

 

International Litigation (3 credits) LAW 0842 

Jurisprudence Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0735

 

Legal Drafting Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0752 

Judicial Field Placement Class/ Judicial Field Placement (1 credit) LAW 0821/ (2 credits) LAW 0822

 

 

Legal Malpractice (2 Credits) LAW 4679

Judicial Opinion Writing Workshop (2 credits) LAW 0962 

 

 

Landlord Tenant Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 1070

 

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Negotiating Workshop (2 Credits) LAW 0672/ LAW 4672

 

 

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