Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PL 205
Course Title:
Advanced Litigation
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Course Description

Covers the paralegal's role in large-budget, deeply staffed litigation in which a range of lawyers and paralegals staff a case. Explores how to manage and track documents, assemble and organize documents to assist lawyers preparing for depositions and trial and manage trial technology. Prerequisites: PL 101 and PL 105. Recommended: PL 130. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Create, organize and manage large case files
  2. Manage case discovery productions and document management techniques
  3. Implement an understanding of how to implement in depth discovery processes as a paralegal

Course Activities and Design

Classroom lecture and discussion, small group homework, hands on experience with case management software, generating document review process, organize documents pursuant to student created protocols.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Quizzes and exams, practical homework, practical skills exam, document review evaluation, review of organized documents, and trial binder/notebook, other projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Focus will be on the paralegal€™s role in large case management, a critical role where the paralegal is often €œkeeper of the file.€ Specific roles of paralegals will be explored and developed in real life situations to familiarize students with specific tasks expected of them on €œdeep-bench€ teams.