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This course provides a survey of the rules of evidence and the reasons underlying these rules with a particular emphasis on the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Included are the subjects of relevance, examination of witnesses, expert testimony, admission and exclusion of evidence, writings, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, the Confrontation Clause, and scientific evidence, among other subjects relating to the regulation of proof at trials.
The course will focus on the problems confronted in trials when evidence is offered, emphasizing the practical nature of the application of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Class discussion will revolve around problems that demonstrate how the rules apply, as well as supplemental case law and lecture. The course intends both to equip students with the practical working knowledge that can be used to try a case competently, as well as an understanding of evidence rules that are useful no matter the student's chosen field.
Textbooks and Other Materials
Required: Fisher's Evidence (Casebook), 3rd edition, ISBN: 9781609300609 Recommended: Federal Rules of Evidence 2015-2016 Statutory & Case Supplement to Fisher's Evidence, ISBN: 9781634593946
First Class Readings
textbook pages 8-17 (including problem 1.1), pages 22-32 (but skip problem 1.5), pages 32-34 (pages 32-34 are suggested only but work through problem 1.6), pages 34-38 (but skip problem 1.7); work through the problems that appear in the assigned pages unless otherwise noted as we will discuss them in class.
*You do not need to purchase the recommended supplement containing the Federal Rules of Evidence, but you do need to have an updated copy that you can bring to every class.*
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