How to Take a Deposition

Real-world guide to taking depositions, using state and federal law examples to walk you through the deposition process.
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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 39 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Even if you aren't a trial lawyer, depositions are crucial to the success of your practice. Have you found that the information you learned in law school is insufficient? Are you afraid to ask your boss "stupid" questions? Have you found yourself trying to tailor your practice to avoid depositions at all costs? This course will lead you through the deposition process in a practical, real-world manner with examples from federal and state law, to help you fully grasp the power and technique of the deposition and allow you to move comfortably and confidently into the conference room. During this course you will learn:

  • How to conduct high-quality free legal research
  • How to create an evidence chart and question list
  • Questioning strategies and formation techniques
  • How to introduce and interact with evidence
  • Deposition structure
  • Handling objections and unprofessional conduct
  • Defending cross-examinations
  • The purpose of and strategies for re-direct examination

What are the requirements?

  • This course is largely inteded for lawyers but may also be helpful for anyone who is deposed often.
  • You need a basic working knowledge of legal principals and terminology.
  • You will need access to the internet to view the supplemental materials.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to use modern technology to research causes of action and burden
  • Draft a question list that includes all relevant evidence
  • Script the initial and conclusory portions of the deposition
  • Handle objections and introduce evidence
  • Defend a Cross-Examination
  • Conduct a Re-direct Examination

What is the target audience?

  • New attorneys
  • Attorneys looking to hone their practical litigation skills
  • Attorneys transitioning into Litigation Practice
  • Attorneys interested in cutting edge research methods

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Section 1: Preparing for your Deposition

Research, research, research! Most of the anxiety you feel when walking into a deposition is due to feeling inadequately prepared. We will discuss researching your cause of action and burden of proof using 21st century research platforms and techniques.


Now that you know what you need to prove, you need to craft questions that address those issues. We discuss general crafting issues, ensuring that you address each element of your claim, and dealing with adverse evidence.


Now that you've drafted your question sections, a brief discussion on how to structure your list, including your evidence and printing.

Section 2: Taking the Deposition

Now that the preparation phase is complete, we begin our discussion of the actual deposition - beginning with the moment the court reporter shows up through the preliminary matters. Along the way we discuss questioning strategies.

This lesson tackles the two areas that often derail well planned depositions. We discuss how to stay in control of your deposition despite of opposing counsel's objections along with your remedies if counsel goes too far. Finally we discuss how to introduce and interact with your evidence.
In our final lecture we discuss defending a cross examination, the purpose of and strategies for re-direct examination and closing a deposition.

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Instructor Biography

Masheika Allen JD, LL.M, Legal Instructor

BA, English - Florida International University

JD - Florida State University

LL.M (Litigation) - George Washington University

Licensed by The Florida Bar, December 2003

I have been teaching online and in the classroom for most of my adult life. I have taught a variety of ages and backgrounds, from middle school to Navy members on a submarine. I have been interested in litigation procedure since my time with the very well-coached and successful FSU Mock Trial team. That experience led me to the LL.M in litigation program at GWU which gave me a practical understanding of litigation practice that just isn't taught in law schools. I used that understanding, successfully, during my time practicing civil litigation, focusing in real estate and civil rights cases. This course marks my return to my true passion - teaching.

I combine my legal experience with the skills I've gained while building online courses for others to bring you unique, real-world, step-by-step litigation courses. These courses are more fun than a cle and you'll be able to utilize the skills immediately to expand and polish your legal practice.

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