Civil Litigation Syllabus for 2021-2022
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LGLA-1345-001 Civil Litigation


Prerequisite: LGLA 1307 and BCIS 1305 or Department Chair consent

Course Description

This course presents fundamental concepts and procedures of civil litigation with emphasis on the paralegal's role. Topics include pretrial, trial and post trial phases of litigation.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


O’Conner’s Texas Rules – Civil Trials 2021 (or latest edition)

Author: Michol O’Conner

ISBN-13: 978-1539290452

ISBN-10: 153929045X


Student Performance

LEARNING OUTCOMES:  At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the Paralegal Studies program:

  1. Describe and explain the duties, responsibilities, and relationships of the paralegal.
  1. Understand, discuss, and identify the basic composition of court/judicial systems.
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of procedural concepts involved in civil litigation
  1. Discuss the professional ethics and regulations for paralegals.
  1. Demonstrate basic analytical skills in interviewing, investigation, and trial preparation.
  1. Complete projects requiring basic knowledge in instigating and responding to a civil lawsuit, the discovery process, trial procedure, and computer literacy.
  1. Identify and complete elementary tasks to demonstrate knowledge of proper procedures in various legal office environments.
  1. Gain experience in and understanding of litigation support and administrative advocacy.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Turn off your cell phone or put it on silent/vibrate during class meeting times. Remove and turn off any blue tooth device. No text messaging will be allowed during class. Put away your iPods, MP3’s, any other device with recorded music, and the earphones to listen to the music. You will be asked to leave class if you are in violation of this request. You will be counted absent and you will not receive credit for that day’s projects, quizzes, or tests.

PLAGIARISM, CHEATING AND INDIVIDUAL WORK ETHIC: The Amarillo College policies and Code of Student Conduct is strictly adhered to when dealing with plagiarism, cheating and duplication of work product. Any evidence of plagiarism, cheating or duplication of work product (whether from this semester’s students or a prior semester’s students) will result in a zero on the entire project or test in question.

Plagiarism is considered serious academic misconduct. “Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. All assignments presented in this class must be the work of the student submitting the assignment. No form of scholastic dishonesty will be tolerated. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. 

“Cheating on a test” shall include:

  • Copying from another student’s test paper.
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.
  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test.
  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
  • Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test

“Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

A complete statement regarding scholastic dishonesty can be found in the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook at:

Grading Criteria

Tests 1 and 2                                                             25%

Notebook                                                                   25%

Project                                                                       25%

Other Assignments and Class Participation              25%


CLASS PARTICIPATION:  To receive credit for class participation you must attend regularly, complete all assignments, and participate in class discussions in a positive fashion.

ASSIGNMENT AND TESTING POLICY: Specific dates for assignment due dates and tests are provided. These dates are adhered to unless changes are announced in class. If an assignment is turned in after the due date, but within one week, you will be eligible for maximum grade of 50. If it is turned in after one week, you will not receive credit for the project. If you are not going to be present on the evening of a major test, you are required to contact me by e-mail at prior to the test or you will not be allowed to make up the test.  If the time and date on the email is after the start of class, this is not considered prior notice!  If you contact me, you will be allowed to make up the test but it must be taken before the next class meeting.

Finally, you are responsible for material in your reading assignments for tests regardless of whether or not it is specifically discussed in lecture. From time to time, supplemental readings and assignments may be made during class, and you are responsible for such readings and assignments even if you are absent.

NOTEBOOK: You will have multiple assignments, as well as other materials, to be included in your notebook. The assignments will be handed out or discussed on the night indicated in the class schedule. Unless otherwise instructed you will turn in the completed assignment at the next class meeting for review and comment. I will not accept late papers for comment unless you have discussed your situation with me and obtained approval. Failure to turn in an assigment for comment will result in a deduction from your notebook grade. Your completed notebook will be due on the class preceding your final exam. If you will not be in class on that date, bring it to the paralegal studies office and leave it for my attention. The notebook will be worth 25% of your grade.


Employees in the business world are expected to be at work each day; therefore, students in paralegal studies classes are expected to be in class promptly and regularly.



          Class Date                    Class Discussion/Activities                    Text Assignment

            August 23                     Introduction/Syllabus                               

                                                  Course Overview     


            August 30                      Trial Process - Overview   


          September 6                   NO CLASS - LABOR DAY


          September 13                  Chapter 2A - 2E

                                                  Types of Litigation/Parties

                                                  Initiating a Lawsuit                                          Chapters 1 & 2

                                                  Assignment - Original Petition


          September 20                Chapters 2F - 2I

                                                 Jurisdiction, Venue, and Service                      Chapter 2


          September 27                 Defensive Pleadings

                                                  Affirmative Defenses                                       Chapter 3

                                                  Review for Test 1


         October 4                         Test 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)

                                                  Defensive Pleadings, cont.                              Chapter 3


         October 11                        Alternate Dispute Resolution                           Chapter 4

                                                  Review for Test 2


         October 18                         NO CLASS - FALL BREAK


         October 25                         Test 2 (Chapters 3-4)                                         

                                                    Chapter 5 (A,B,D,E,F)

                                                     Pre-Trial Motions


         November 1                       Chapter 6 (A-D)                                                Chapter 6 


                                                     Assignment - Discovery Requests

          November 8                       Chapter 6 (E-K)                                               Chapter 6

                                                     Discovery, cont.


          November 15                     Pre-Trial Disposition                                        Chapter 7

                                                    Discovery Assignment Due


          November 22                     Trial Procedure                                                Chapter 8 


         November 29                      Evidence                                                         TRE Art. 4,5,6,8,9,10


         December 6                        Judgment and Post Judgment Motions          Chapter 9


         December 14                        Final Exam 

                                                      Notebooks Due



 NOTE:  This is a tentative outline of the course schedule.  Your instructor reserves the right to change the schedule as needed to meet the objectives of the course.  Papers and tests become the property of the instructor upon submission and may be retained by the instructor. After grading, you may pick up your Notebook from the paralegal studies office.


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