This course will examine the rules of evidence, focusing primarily on the Federal Rules of Evidence, with additional consideration given to select state rules and cases. Topics covered will include: relevance, hearsay and exceptions, exclusion, confrontation, direct and cross examination, character evidence, impeachment, rehabilitation, lay opinion, expert evidence, privileges and more. We will consider how the rules function in practice, the rationales underlying them, and how they might be improved.
Evidence is a recommended prerequisite for the Trial Advocacy Workshop and can be the basis for certification to practice in conjunction with some of the Law School's clinical offerings.
Note: For upper-level JD students, this course will be included in the Multi-Section round of registration.