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LSTD207 - Civil Practice and Procedure

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD207 Course ID: 2558 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview of civil practice and procedure and will examine the process that courts must follow when hearing cases of a civil nature. During the course of study, students will learn how a lawsuit is commenced, what kind of service of process is required, the types of pleadings, motions, and orders allowed in civil cases, the timing and manner of depositions and discovery, the conduct of trials, the process for judgment, various available remedies, and how the courts and clerks must function. The course focuses on the legal skills involving interviewing and counseling for civil cases, the drafting of legal documents for civil cases, and legal ethics focused specifically on civil cases. Course topics include civil trial practices of pleadings, motions, discovery, pre-trial conferences, jury selection, trial protocols, and appellate strategies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

1. Interpret jurisdiction – types, methods of establishing, and ways to challenge.

2. Describe venue and how it applies to civil lawsuits.

3. Analyze proper service of process and understand its importance.

4. Distinguish between motions to dismiss and motions to amend.

5. Illustrate the basics of discovery.

6. Identify and analyze the different kinds of judgments.

7. Differentiate between res judicata and collateral estoppel, and describe each.

8. Track a case as it winds through various civil procedure issues.

9. Confidently discuss basic civil procedure practices.

Forum Assignments:

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. This can be accomplished by
· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.
· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.
· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.
· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.
You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor. The forum grading rubric can be reviewed by clicking on the blue and white box beside the forum entry in the gradebook.

CALI Assignments: Please complete the CALI assignments for both week 3 and week 6. Instructions for these two assignments can be found in the Assignment tab in the classroom.

Final Project:

The final project for this class is to prepare a case brief. The assignment instructions for the case brief can be found under the Assignments section of the classroom. To complete this assignment the student will implement a variety of skills that he or she acquired throughout the duration of the course. This final project is due at the end of week 7.

Exams: The course consists of a midterm, and a final exam. Exams will be taken open book. The exams will be posted in the classroom under the “Tests and Quizzes” tab. These exams will be a mix of multiple choice, true/false and essays.

The University will issue final official grades. Final grades will be posted in the electronic classroom within 7 days after the course ends. Students should not telephone the University looking for grades until, at least, 30 days after the end of the semester.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Intro 1.00 %
Forums 29.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.83 %
Week 2 Forum 4.83 %
Week 3 Forum 4.83 %
Week 5 Forum 4.83 %
Week 6 Forum 4.83 %
Week 7 Forum 4.83 %
Exams 40.00 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Practical Exercises 30.00 %
Week 1, Practical Exercise 5.00 %
Week 6, Practical Exercise 5.00 %
Week 5, Practical Exercise 5.00 %
Week 2, Practical Exercise 5.00 %
Week 3, Practical Exercise 5.00 %
Week 7, Practical Exercise 5.00 %

Web Sites Available under the Lessons Section of the Classroom

In addition to the required course texts, public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.