Evidence

B723 is taught by J. Eaglin, A. Orenstein, J. Tanford

Evidence law regulates the proof of facts at trial and reflects the construction of courtroom "truth." In this course we will examine the rules of evidence and explore some aspects of their practical application. The course will cover: relevancy, hearsay, privileges, character, impeachment, experts, authentication, and best evidence. We will look at the rules and cases to analyze how evidence law may perpetuate and influence the cultural values, legal rules, and social norms that our society uses to assess credibility. The class is taught with a coursebook and case supplements on Canvas but will emphasize problems and a close reading of the rules. Students will be expected to submit written answers to problems in advance of class.