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With only a small percentage of cases actually going to trial, the real battleground for most litigation is the deposition. Depositions can make or break a client?s case and knowing how to effectively take and defend depositions is key to a successful litigation strategy. Deposition testimony often plays a pivotal role in determining motions for summary judgment and in settlement. This is a practical skills course and students will learn the basics of taking and defending the depositions of lay witnesses, Rule 30(b)(6) corporate representatives and expert witnesses. Through lecture, classroom demonstrations and mock deposition exercises, students will learn the procedural rules governing depositions, various examination techniques, how to handle documents, how to assert and respond to objections, how to prepare a deponent and the ethical issues surrounding depositions. The mock deposition exercise will be conducted by experienced lawyers.