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Spring 2013
Meets: Th, F 9:50am - 11:20am in WCC Room 3019
3 classroom credits

In this course we learn the basic rules and principles of American evidence law. The course focuses on federal law (the Federal Rules of Evidence and cases interpreting them) but also covers select state rules and cases. Topics covered include: presumptions and standards of proof and persuasion, judicial notice, relevance, privileges, authentication and best evidence rules, hearsay, lay, expert, and scientific expert evidence, examination and impeachment of witnesses, character and propensity evidence, and some of the constitutional questions that arise in connection with evidence. Evidence is a prerequisite for the Trial Advocacy Workshop and can be used as the basis for certification to practice in conjunction with any of the School's clinical offerings (there are other ways to do this as well).

Subject Areas:
Procedure & Practice