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LIT-101: Basics of Civil Litigation

3 credits

This course has been evaluated and recommended for 3 credits by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), and may be transferred to over 1,500 colleges and universities.



Welcome to Lawshelf’s video-course on the basics of civil litigation. This video-course is a survey of the civil litigation process, from the filing through appeals, though the discovery process is left for our video-courses in discovery.

This is an introductory level course and no prior knowledge of law or the litigation process is required.

The course starts with an overview of the American court system, both on the state and federal levels. We’ll go over the separate systems, their roles and where they interact. We’ll also focus on the roles of the Supreme Court as the top of both systems for federal and constitutional issues. We also look at the questions of which courts to file in and which laws to apply – the questions of jurisdiction, venue and choice of law.



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The American Court System - Module 1 of 5


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Pleadings and Motions - Module 2 of 5


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Pre-Trial Practice-Module 3 of 5


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Trials and Judgements - Module 4 of 5


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Post Judgement Actions - Module 5 of 5


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Civil Procedure: How to draft a Well-Pleaded Complaint


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Drafting an Answer to a Civil Complaint


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Drafting A Motion to Dismiss


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Case Study: Press Energy Services v. Ruiz


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Case Study: Johnson v. Tuff N Rumble Mgmt, Inc.