Litigation Risk Management

Law 509






Modern litigation is primarily an exercise in risk management. Regardless of the substantive legal issues, clients and lawyers must manage a variety of risks and strategic opportunities. These include the risks associated with the litigation itself (i.e., the potential recovery and/or liability); risks associated with managing relations with liability insurers; risks associated with employee retention and conflicts of interest; risks associated with managing the expectations of employees, customers, and financial markets; etc. This course explores how litigants and their lawyers manage these risks across a range of practice settings. It is primarily simulation-based; there is no exam. Working in groups, students will complete a variety of “modules” designed to simulate the practice of law. As an example, students may be asked to prepare a plan for conducting an internal corporate investigation and to present this plan to members of a corporate risk management committee.


P. Drescher (Adjunct), M. Weidemaier

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