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USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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Evidence (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-608
- Class Number: 03240
- Instructor: Jeremy Matz
This course is an introduction to the law of evidence, with an emphasis on the Federal Rules of Evidence and their practical application in criminal and civil litigation. Although this is not a trial advocacy course, trial scenarios will be simulated, students will argue for and against the admission of evidence under the Rules, and the course will explore how the Rules have an impact on tactical trial decisions. The classes will encompass lectures, role-playing, and discussion of problems from real and hypothetical cases. The Federal Rules of Evidence are tested on the California and Multistate Bar Examinations. This course will be particularly useful to students considering careers as civil litigators, prosecutors, or public defenders. For the mid-term assignment, students will write a motion in limine or an opposition thereto, advocating for or against the admission of evidence in a federal case. There will be an in-class, open-book, multiple-choice final exam. The instructor is a partner at a firm specializing in litigation. He previously served as a federal prosecutor.
For the first class, students should read pages 1-6 and 21-42 of the casebook, Evidence (Third Edition) (2013), by George Fisher.
Participation will count for 10% of the final grade. Students may participate in several ways, including by volunteering for role-playing and trial simulations, and by discussing cases and problems in the casebook. Students will be called on to ensure full participation
- Unit Value: 4
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: T/Th 8:00 am - 9:50 am
- Room Number: Room 3
- Exam: In-class exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills Requirement: no
- Participation: 10% of grade
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