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An Overview of Civil Litigation

Presenter (s): Michael K. Sullivan, Esq.



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This seminar discusses a general overview of the litigation process with a focus on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The presentation approaches the litigation process through the major phases of representation including: Client Consultations, Pleadings, Discovery, Motion Practice, Trial Prep, and Post Trial Procedures.

The Program Outline/Agenda is as follows:

  • Meeting with the Client;
  • Document Collection;
  • Pre-Filing Considerations/Concerns;
  • Complaint;
  • Answer/Affirmative Defenses;
  • Discovery Tools/Procedures;
  • Motion Practice;
  • Trial Preperation; and
  • Post Trial Issues.

Total Seminar Lecture Time:  60 Minutes

Following your completion of this course, click on "Request Certificate of Attendance/Completion" and then go to "Completed Courses" in your profile to print out your Certificate of Attendance. In the "Course Details" screen you will also be able to print out a timed agenda/outline as well as the speaker bio and then use these documents to request appropriate CLE credits from your paralegal association. Please contact us with any questions regarding CLE by e-mailing us at:


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Michael K. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Paralegal Studies.  Mr. Sullivan has also served as an educational consultant assisting Legal Studies programs in securing and maintaining American Bar Association (ABA) approval status.

Mr. Sullivan received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, during which time he served as a Teaching Fellow in the University's Academic Support Program. Mr. Sullivan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert W. O'Hagan in the New Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth Vicinage, Civil Part, Law Division. Following the clerkship, Mr. Sullivan joined a mid-sized law firm in where he specialized in commercial and corporate litigation.

Mr. Sullivan has well over a decade of legal education experience in the following areas: Paralegal Training, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, Property, Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Corporate Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing.


  • Brookdale Community College: Associates Degree-Criminal Justice
  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey: B.A. Criminal Justice
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.

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