Civil Litigation

Learn all about the civil litigation process and how it impacts the role of the paralegal.

3 Months / 24 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: T14166

The course is designed to follow the procedures of a civil lawsuit from the first client contact through discovery, settlement negotiations or trial, and appeal. You will learn the roles and responsibilities of the paralegal in preparing court documents, investigation, client and witness contact, discovery and trial assistantship.

What you will learn

  • Litigation Process
  • Claim Investigation
  • Trial and Appeals Process

How you will benefit

  • Gain knowledge of litigation concepts and processes to prepare for or advance your paralegal career

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours
  1. Initial client overview
    1. Introduction to Civil litigation
    2. Sources of American laws
    3. Stages of civil disputes
      1. Initial client interview
      2. Investigations
      3. Pretrial litigation
      4. Settlement
      5. Trial/Appeal
  2. In the investigation stage, the paralegal needs to examine and inquire into the claim
    1. Acceptance of case
    2. Fee agreement
    3. Demand letter
  3. In pretrial litigation, the initial preparation of pleadings to initiate a lawsuit
  4. The settlement means an agreement has been reached before the trial
  5. The order of the trial/appeal
    1. Jury selection
    2. Opening statement
    3. Case in chief
    4. Evidence
    5. Examination of witnesses
    6. Establishing evidence
    7. Closing
    8. Jury instructions


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Your course begins immediately after you enroll.​

You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.

There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.

Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.