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This is a general course on Evidence focusing on admissibility at trial under the Federal Rules of Evidence. The course also focuses on the law governing the proof of disputed issues of fact, functions of the court and jury, competence and examination of witnesses, standards of relevancy, and hearsay.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Evidence Under the Rules, Text, Cases and Problems, Seventh Edition, Christopher B. Mueller & Laird C. Kirkpatrick. The Federal Rules of Evidence, 2013 (including Advisory Committee Notes), or any equivalent publication. NOTE: The Federal Rules of Evidence were changed in December, 2011 and earlier versions of this casebook and supplement will be out of date.
First Class Readings
NOTE: Chapters 1& 2 class reading materials will be copied and posted on MyWCL prior to the first class. Additionally, two copies of the casebook are on reserve in the WCL library for your use and will remain there through the semester. Week One: January 7-9, 2014 Chapter: 1.0 Evidence Law and the System Tuesday, January 7, 2014 ? Session 1-A ? Review of Syllabus, class rules, testing, grading and administrative matters. ? 1.1 Introduction: Why Evidence & The Trial, 1-18 ? Pay special attention to What is the Record?, 12-18 Thursday, January 9, 2014 ? Session 2-A ? 1.2 Making the Record & Admitting Evidence, 19-29 ? Problem 1-A: How did it happen? (p. 25) ? Session 2-B ? 1.3 How Evidence is Excluded, 19-48 ? Consequences of Evidential Error, 41-47 ? Obtaining Review of Evidence Points, 47-48 ? Problem 1-B: He didn't object! (p. 46)