Civil Pretrial Practice

Clinical Prerequisite taught by Professor Gertz

In order to enroll in any legal services externship, a student must have successfully completed Civil Pretrial Practice. This course is designed to prepare students for an externship in legal services programs. Students are introduced to basic lawyering skills, professional responsibility issues, and substantive and procedural law. The instruction methods used in the class are a combination of lecture, observation by students of live or videotaped demonstrations by lawyers, and student simulation exercises. Grading is pass/fail. Students receive two hours of academic credit. Class meets once a week for two hours with the possibility of extra small group session meetings.

Preference for enrollment in Civil Pretrial Practice is given to students who plan to extern in a legal services office. Class size is limited. Enrollment in Civil Pretrial Practice is determined by the professor teaching the course, and students MUST submit a pre-registration application form to the externship office by the posted deadline. Application forms are available in the externship office, 208 Rotunda. Applications are taken in the fall for the spring class and are taken in the spring for the fall class. The application period will be announced in flyers posted around the school, e-mail messages, and notices on the video monitors. Registration for the course will be completed by Janet Horton. Students not enrolled will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as vacancies occur.

Note: Civil Pretrial Practice is only a prerequisite for a Legal Services externship. It is not a prerequisite for most of the other civil externships, though it is recomended, nor is it a prerequisite for any of the judicial externships. Be sure to check the prerequisites online for each externship you are interested in. A second section of Civil Pretrial Practice is frequently offered. Registration for a section not taught by Professor Gertz is open to all students through regular enrollment and it will also meet the prerequisite requirement for the Legal Services externship.