00. Course Introduction & Supplementary Materials

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1 LITIGATION BASICS COURSE INTRODUCTION Professor Jim Shellenberger Office: Klein 517B, (215) 204-7756 james.shellenberger@temple.edu Week of 8/18: Klein 2B; Tues 8/19 9:30-11:30; Weds 8/20 1:30-3:30; Thurs 8/21 9:30-11:30 Starting the Week of 8/25: Klein 1E; Tues 2:30-3:20; Fri 1:30-2:20. Office Hours. Starting the week of 8/25: Tues noon-1:00 & 4:30-5:30; Weds 1:30-2:30; Thurs 4:30-5:30; Fri noon-1:00; and otherwise by appointment. Course Materials. The main course materials are 3 packets of photocopied materials that will be available in the Copy Center. We will not need those packets until the week of August 25. The materials for the week of August 18 will be posted on Blackboard under Course Documents. Class Attendance. Law school policy requires attendance of at least 80% of the regular class hours for each course, or at least 15 out of 18 class hours in this course. The sanction for irregular attendance (missing more than 20% or 3 class hours) is a "U" for the course. In determining compliance with this policy, all absences count. In addition, everything that I will want you to learn in this course and everything that you will be responsible for on the exam will be discussed in class, so your attendance is not only required by law school policy, it is also necessitated by what you need to learn in this course. Preparation and Participation. I will call on students who volunteer and those who do not volunteer. You should prepare the assigned materials so that you are ready and able to discuss them in class. Some of the readings will be for class discussion and some will be to show you examples of various documents, etc, that are involved in civil and criminal litigation. Each week I will tell you by email (and in class) what to focus on in the assigned readings. I will also email to you each week, many of the specific questions that I will expect you to be prepared to discuss in class the following week. Review. For all your classes, including this one, you should review after each class session. According to survey of the first year faculty (and my own opinion), this is one of the most important study habits that you should develop as soon as possible. It is also one that most students neglect, to their detriment. Review after each class completes that class, begins your preparation for the next class, and is part of the continuing process of learning the course material and preparing for the final exam. In law school, you must constantly build on your knowledge base and review after each class is an important step in that process. The stronger your knowledge base, the easier it will be to learn, understand, and remember new material. Review should include: understanding what was discussed in the class, reflecting on how the class
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