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241 sec. 002 - Evidence (Spring 2023)
Instructor: Burt Neuborne (view instructor's profile)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
MTuTh 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM
Location: Law 110
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number (1Ls): 31934
Class Number: 31934
Enroll Limit: 67
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM
This course will examine the law governing proof of facts, with special attention to the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE). Topics will include the allocation and size of burdens of proof, relevance, hearsay, character evidence, circumstantial inference, impeachment and rehabilitation, expert and lay opinion witnesses, and scientific evidence. The goal of the course is to provide students with the ability to critique and assess the admissibility of evidence in judicial and other fact-finding contexts. This will necessarily involve an understanding of the FRE, and related constitutional and common-law doctrines. Although this is not a trial advocacy or clinical course, one goal will be to impart a sense of how the Rules actually work in court. There will also be a strong concentration on the underlying common law theories that provide the basis of various codifications, The instructor has taught Evidence for 50 years at NYU Law School, and has litigated hundreds of federal and state cases during his career as a civil liberties lawyer.
The required textbook will be the most recent edition of Weinstein et al, Evidence: Cases and Materials, plus any supplement.
The complete Federal Rules of Evidence with Advisory Committee Notes can be found at: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre
The California Evidence Code can be found at: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codesTOCSelected.xhtml?tocCode=EVID&tocTitle=+Evidence+Code+-+EVID
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
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