Taking Effective Depositions

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 22/22
Credits: 2

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:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: TBD

Other Work

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 Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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