Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course explores how facts get proved in court in civil and criminal actions (with a slight bias toward the criminal side). The focus will be on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Considerable time will be spent on the central concepts of "relevance" and "prejudice," and an extended treatment of the hearsay rule and its many exceptions will give the class practice in refining theories of evidentiary use and misuse. The interplay between the hearsay rule and the Constitution will also be examined. In addition, we will consider character evidence, the impeachment of witnesses, and the introduction of physical and expert evidence. The course uses a mix of problems and cases, and requires a degree of class participation. I will call on students.
In-class, closed book exam, but open Federal Rules.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit