Course Description

This course will cover the structure of the federal court system; jurisdiction and venue rules in the federal court system, and specifically the federal district courts; parties in federal lawsuits; drafting and filing the complaint; service of process; removal and remand; forms and drafting of pleadings (complaints, answers to complaints, motions and incidental demands); electronic filing in the federal district courts; the discovery process (including voluntary disclosures) in federal court and drafting and responding to written discovery; status and pre-trial conferences; subpoenas in federal court; trials (bench and jury) – including electronic discovery presentation; and judgments (including default judgments). It will be structured as a combination of classroom and online instruction and many, if not all, of the materials to be used in the course are available online.

This course is a part of the Paralegal Studies Program. You must apply and be accepted into the program in order to enroll in this course.

For more information about this course, contact Alanna Clanton at (225) 578-6760.


This is an elective course in the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. Students must have successfully completed the four core courses of the program in order to enroll in this course.

Principles of Paralegal Studies, Legal Research, Legal Case Analysis, and Civil Litigation I

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Federal Civil Procedure
6:00PM to 8:30PM
Aug 26, 2024 to Dec 02, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $595.00

English Proficiency Requirements

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education (CE) courses and programs offered online through LSU Online & Continuing Education typically include a combination of lecture and discussion as well as reading and writing assignments. You need an adequate command of English in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to participate in classes.

If English is not your native language, you must meet one of the English language proficiency requirements below to be successful in our CE programs. If you intend to register for a CE course or program, you can determine whether you meet English proficiency requirements by self-assessment prior to enrolling. We want to empower you, the learner, to progress successfully. Completing this self-assessment will enable you to make a good decision on whether you can complete one of our programs.

Intermediate English Skills

Most CE professional development courses and programs require at least intermediate English skills, which are equivalent to a B2 level of English language proficiency on the Self-Assessment Form. When assessing yourself, be sure to read through each of the categories under Column B2 to make sure you meet proficiency requirements.

Advanced English Skills

Online Distance Learning courses and microcreds are for-credit courses and might require more advanced English skills, equivalent to a C1 level on the Learner Self-Assessment Form. Be sure to read through each of the categories under Column C1 to make sure you meet proficiency requirements.

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