NOTE: 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.
Taught by Professor 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.
Taught by 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.
Taught by Zusman and Sussman:
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.