Spring Term 2020-2021Catalog Number:
3 (3 Contact, 0 Field)Priority:
Core Course - 2nd Year PriorityFull Year Course:
We will use practical problems during the class in order to better demonstrate the use of the rules of evidence during the course of a trial.
There will be one final in-class examination which will account for 95% of the final grade. Additionally, adequate preparation for and participation in problem solving and discussion is required when called on. Therefore, the instructor reserves the right to lower the final grade to reflect poor performance on these tasks. There will be four review quizzes during the term. The purpose of the quizzes is to provide periodic, formative feedback as the course proceeds, so that students review the material covered in class and have the opportunity to diagnose which parts of the materials they may need to work on before the final exam. These quizzes will be available online on TWEN for announced periods of several days after finishing units of material. All students must complete all of the quizzes. Any quiz not taken will result in a loss of the total number of available points for the quiz missed. The total number of points scored on all of the quizzes, combined, accounts for 5% of the final grade.
This course is an introductory course on the rules of evidence and will focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence. We will cover hearsay and its exceptions, relevance, the use of character evidence, cross-examination and impeachment, among other subjects.