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Spring 2014 Course
Meets: Th, F 9:50am - 11:20am in WCC Room 3018
3 classroom credits

This course (newly redesigned) focuses on developing analytical methods that can assist a lawyer who is litigating under rules of evidence (or assist any other analyst who is considering doctrinal evidence problems). The course focuses on federal law (the Federal Rules of Evidence and cases interpreting them) but also covers selected 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, habit, character and propensity evidence, and some of the constitutional questions that arise in connection with evidence.

Evidence is a recommended prerequisite for the Trial Advocacy Workshop and can be used as the basis for certification to practice in conjunction with some of the Schools clinical offerings.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice .