MWF 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Gittis Hall 213
Trials are conducted with evidence. But which evidence is admissible, and why? This course will focus on the answers to those questions provided by the Federal Rules of Evidence and related case law. We will cover the central issues of relevance and hearsay; character, prior bad acts, and habit; scientific and other expert evidence; privileges; authentication; and conceptual and trial practice issues. Class will be mostly problem-based. Grades will be determined by the end-of-semester exam and by class participation.
Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.
Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.
Criminal Law and Procedure Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on other areas of law and society.
"Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems , Tenth Edition and Federal Rule" by Mueller, Christopher B. / Kirkpatrick, Laird C. / Richter, Liesa