A survey of the rules and standards that regulate the admission of evidence, including relevancy, privileged communications, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, the opinion rule, authentication and "best evidence" rule, impeachment and rehabilitation, demonstrative and scientific evidence, presumptions, and burdens of proof.
This course accompanies the standard 4-unit Evidence course (LAW 406). Topics covered in the standard Evidence course will be reinforced through role-playing as attorneys. The seminar will follow one hypothetical criminal case and one hypothetical civil case throughout the semester. Students will be given opportunities to write one or more motions in limine, raise and respond to objections as if they were in trial, and write at least a portion of a trial brief. Must be taken concurrently with and with the same professor as Evidence (LAW 406).