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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basics of Civil Litigation (LIT-101)


Versions 1 and 2: Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: June 2021 - November 2021. Version 2: December 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the structure of the American court system, including the roles of the federal and state court systems; apply the rules of jurisdiction and venue; define and describe the various types of pleadings and parties relevant to a civil action; explain the rules and procedures relevant to a civil case, including jury selection, burden of proof, presentation of evidence, and jury instructions; and determine the available steps after a judgment is rendered in a civil case.


Version 1: This course is a survey of the civil litigation process, from the filing through appeals. In addition to the mechanics of the civil litigation system, the course includes an overview of the American court system, both on the state and federal levels. It also focuses on questions of jurisdiction and venue. Version 2: Same as version 1 with expanded academic readings and assessments including case studies. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in American Courts, Judicial Systems, or Administration of Justice (6/21). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in American Courts, Judicial Systems, or Administration of Justice (11/21 administrative review).