What You'll Learn
In our civil litigation course you’ll gain a solid understanding of civil procedure, pleadings, evidence, motions, damages, appeals and other civil litigation issues. The Civil Litigation Career Certificate course is comprised of 6 in-depth lessons, and everything you learn is applicable in the real world.
Orientation to Online Learning (online)
Lesson 1: Introduction to Civil Procedure
This lesson introduces you to online learning, with instruction on how to be successful as an Ashworth student. You’ll learn proven study skills, find out how to take advantage of different learning styles, and discover time management techniques. The lesson also includes a guide to career opportunities plus supplementary readings.
Lesson 2: The Law Firm, Pleadings and Jurisdiction
Introduces the American judicial system and the important distinctions between civil law and other types of law, as well as sources of judicial authority. You will also learn about the major features of the federal and state court systems and the role of judges, lawyers, clients, and paralegals.
Lesson 3: The Defendant’s Answer, and Evidence
Examines the personnel and internal organization of a law firm. You will learn how to evaluate a civil case and the many requirements that must be satisfied before a civil lawsuit can be brought against a defendant. You also will be introduced to jurisdictional questions, standing and other legal elements of complaints.
Lesson 4: Discovery and Motions Practice
Covers all the aspects of the defendant’s answer, including admissions, denials, the consequences for failing to deny the plaintiff’s allegations, counterclaims, cross-claims, other elements of third-party practices and class-action suits. You will also learn about the importance of evidence, both direct and circumstantial, and the rules of evidence.
Lesson 5: Trial of a Civil Action and Damages
The discovery phase of litigation in civil cases. You will also learn about the critical nature of motions practice and several different types of motions, including those directed at specific evidence and those that seek to dismiss the entire case.
Lesson 6: Alternatives to Litigation, and Appeals
Examines the various phases of a trial as well as the paralegal’s role in helping prepare for and participate in a civil case. You will also learn about the different forms of damages available in civil cases.
Examines the issues surrounding mediation and arbitration, the effect they have on modern litigation practices, and when and how a party may appeal an adverse ruling. You will also learn about the issues that arise on appeal, how appellate courts are organized, and what actions appellate courts are authorized to take.
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What You Get
Complete your Civil Litigation certificate course online on your terms. Start when you’re ready, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!
The civil litigation course combines a balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:
- Comprehensive civil litigation textbook and study guides
- Open-book online exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates receive a civil litigation certificate and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You may broaden your skill set by applying certificate credit toward completion of an Ashworth College degree program.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your Civil Litigation Career Certificate course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.