Description: 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.