Taking Effective Depositions

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 23/24
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1800-2000
  • WB104
09/05/2022 12/05/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Questioning witnesses is the best way to ascertain the facts of a case, to identify which facts are in dispute, and to determine the validity of any dispute. Depositions are also the best way to discover the credibility, character, likeability, and communication skills of an opposing party or other witness. In this course, students will learn and practice deposition techniques—such as open-ended questions, exhaustion, restating, summarizing, and boxing in—across a variety of practice areas. They will depose parties, fact witnesses, expert witnesses, and corporate representatives; defend depositions, objecting where appropriate; and learn to deal with evasive witnesses and obstructive opposing counsel.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will prepare and turn in written deposition questions prior to their mock depositions of parties and expert witnesses; write a corporate deposition notice; and respond to discussion posts on Canvas.

Other Work
Over the first half of the semester, students will learn and practice deposition skills. During the second half of the semester, they will take mock depositions of parties, expert witnesses, and corporate representatives.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Civil Procedure (6000)) AND (Evidence (6104)) Also, because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM