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241.6 sec. 1 - Advanced Readings in Evidence Law (Fall 2011)
Instructor: Eleanor Swift (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Th 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 111
Course Start: August 25, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49633
This seminar will engage in reading critical, theoretical and practical writings on the law of evidence. It will meet seven times during the fall semester. The readings will include a range of topics in evidence (e.g., accuracy of jury decision making, scientific evidence, the rule against character, the rule on remedial measures) and a range of disciplinary approaches to law (e.g., social psychology, behavioral economics, history and philosophy). The goal of the seminar will be to engage in lively discussion of, and to arrive at a better understanding of, the assumptions and policies underlying the law of evidence. Students will be expected to write brief reflections on each reading prior to the class discussion and, in teams of two, to lead part of class discussion of one of the assigned readings.
This class will meet on alternate weeks.
The basic course in Evidence is a prerequisite. Enrollment is limited to 14 students. The class will be canceled if enrollment is below 10 students.
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