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241.5 sec. 1 - Advanced Topics in Evidence (Fall 2013)
Instructor: Eleanor Swift (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 10
Course Start: August 27, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49555
The goal of this course is to study selected topics in evidence law in a deeper context than is possible in the basic Evidence class. Some of these topics may be familiar to you, some will be new. We will begin with the law of privileges, and conclude with the topic of scientific evidence and expert witnesses, primarily in civil cases. Other topics may be covered as well. Evidence rules and case law will provide the basis for some of our class meetings; empirical research, underlying policy and theory will be the focus of other classes; and practical exercises may also be included. The aim is not broad coverage but deeper understanding of the underlying premises, goals and tensions in evidence law. The class will be conducted as a seminar with a high degree of student responsibility for, and participation in, class discussion. Students will be assigned to prepare brief in-class presentations on specific topics, and a final paper (no exam) will be required. It is also possible that this paper may be expanded into a Writing Requirement.
The basic class in Evidence is a prerequisite.
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