The course will adopt an actual practice perspective that emphasizes student participation in litigation exercises. Students will analyze class actions recently in litigation including the Wal-Mart employment discrimination suit and the BP oil spill. They will also prosecute and defend motions for class certification and settlement approval. Guest lectures by attorneys and judges will provide insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of class and multi-party litigation. The course will be particularly useful to students planning careers in public or private civil litigation or seeking judicial clerkships.