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A comprehensive study for understanding and applying the rules of evidence essential to the practice of law, whether civil and criminal, whether in court rooms, board rooms, or client conferences, using as guides, the Federal Rules of Evidence and court precedents. The course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding that the rules of evidence affect nearly all aspects of the practice of law and lie at the heart of persuasion which is the lawyer’s main task required to advise clients of their legal rights and obligations. That task is rooted in separating fact from fiction, is subject to adversarial confrontation and/or challenge by opposing counsel, triers of fact (judges/juries), reviewing courts, and clients (who often see “facts” differently). The nuts and bolts of the course are to read the assigned materials in preparation for class and be prepared to discuss, question and opine on what you have read while also integrating the Federal Rules of Evidence. And some classes will include moot court presentations.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The text book selection is “Learning Evidence, From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom” 2nd Edition, Deborah Jones Merritt and Ric Simmons, ISBN 978-0-314-27540-0. © 2012 Thomson Reuters.
First Class Readings
Not available at this time.
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):