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The goal of this class is to teach you the Federal Rules of Evidence, the trail process, and how the rules of evidence fit into that process. You will learn the different ways of getting information to the jury, when you should object to the submission of evidence, the range of potential judicial responses to an objection, and other basic principles of litigation. Topics that will be covered include: relevance, undue prejudice, examining witnesses, impeaching witnesses, cross-examining witnesses, character evidence, hearsay and expert testimony. The text which I have selected for this course does not use the traditional case method. Key points, step-by-step rule exposition, concrete examples, courtroom transcripts, charts, and chapter summaries will guide you through each of the federal rules. My expectation is that you will come to class knowing basic principles and understanding how to apply them to simple problems. We will use the time we spend together in class to go over the application of the rules, to explore more complex evidentiary problems, to probe policy issues, and to review what you have learned.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
Learning Evidence (2nd Ed.) West 2012 by Deborah Jones Merritt & Ric Simmons