About This Class
This course will examine permissible methods and forms of proof in litigation by focusing on the Federal Rules of Evidence, related case law, and federal constitutional doctrine. The course explores general rules governing admissibility of evidence including problems of relevancy, remoteness, and undue prejudice. Specific topics will include a detailed consideration of hearsay and its exceptions, relevancy, character evidence, authentication, confrontation, form of direct and cross examination, impeachment, expert testimony and privileges as well as the role of the judge and jury. Drawing on case-based problems and real cases, special emphasis is placed on how evidence rules function in practice to shape proof offered at trial. The course includes a lab component where students will work with specific evidentiary problems in a small-group setting.