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Evidence (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-608
  • Class Number: 03240
  • Instructor: Robyn Bacon

Course Description

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 current federal prosecutor and a former law firm litigation associate.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 4
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M/W 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 101
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: no
  • Participation: Points will be awarded