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Evidence 122 A

10:35AM-12:00PM
3 credits

Judge Jones

Evidence is to the law what anatomy is to medicine.  The course is an in-depth examination of the rules governing the admissibility or exclusion of evidence at trial.  Subjects include competency of witnesses, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, the rule against hearsay and its exceptions, expert and lay opinion testimony, privileged communications, relevancy, procedural considerations, judicial notice, burden of proof, presumptions, form and type of objections, authentication, the best evidence rule and the use of demonstrative and scientific evidence.  This is a “bread and butter” course for every lawyer, taught for practical application.

Notice to Students: This evidence class is a year-long course. Registration and completion of both semesters of Evidence with J. Jones is required before the state Supreme Court will certify students to appear in court.  If you are considering taking Clinic or other courses (or obtaining employment) in which court appearance opportunities are available, you may want to take evidence early in your law school career.

D. Beloof

An examination of rules and policies governing kinds of information which can be received at trial, how evidence can be properly developed by attorneys, and how evidence may be considered by the trier of fact.  In this process, policies favoring logically probative evidence must be weighed against policies protecting against hearsay, opinion, prejudice, time consumption, and other harmful matters.  Proper examination and impeachment of witnesses also are explored.  The course method ranges from epistemological analysis of the truth-seeking laboratory called trial to practical demonstration of the mechanics of proving facts.

Notice to Students: Completion of evidence is required before the state Supreme Court will certify students to appear in court.  If you are considering taking Clinic or other courses (or obtaining employment) in which court appearance opportunities are available, you may want to take evidence early in your law school career.

L. Mapes

This course examines the rules that govern the admissibility of evidence at trial.  In general, evidence is admissible if it is relevant, but the law provides for exclusion of certain types of evidence that lack reliability, threaten to prejudice the trier of fact, or simply waste time.  Subjects covered in this course include relevance, hearsay, character evidence, impeachment and rehabilitation of witnesses, expert opinions, privileged communications, the use of demonstrative and scientific evidence, trial mechanics, and authentication of evidence.  Students will be introduced to the testing of evidence on bar exams.

Notice to Students:  Completion of evidence is required before the state Supreme Court will certify students to appear in court.  Therefore, if you are considering taking Clinic or other courses (or obtaining employment) in which court appearance opportunities are available, you may want to take evidence early in your law school career.

Summer ONLY

A study of the rules and policies governing the kinds of information that can be received at trial, how evidence should be developed by attorneys, and how evidence may be considered by the trier of fact. Examination and impeachment of witnesses are also explored. The course includes analysis and practical demonstrations.