Evidence is a powerful tool for persuasion. In a courtroom, the rules of evidence guide what a jury hears which, in turn, affect the decisions reached. Future litigators and non-litigators alike benefit from a course in evidence. Litigators who understand the rules, including the bases for the rules and the reasoning behind the many exceptions to the rules, are well-positioned to persuade judges, juries and even opposing counsel about the merits of their positions. Non-litigators benefit from knowing evidentiary logic, rules, and strategies because attorneys in all areas must rely on evidence to analyze and advance their clients┬┐ causes. The focus of this course is the Federal Rules of Evidence. Key topics include relevance, character, witness impeachment, hearsay, and experts. Evaluation: Grades will be based primarily on two equally-weighted exams (true/false, multiple choice, short answers, & essays) near the middle and end of the semester. Class participation counts toward the final grade as well. There is no final exam. Teaching Method: The teaching method is primarily lecture and student problem-solving, with plenty of opportunity for interaction. Course Materials: Deborah Jones Merritt & Ric Simmons, Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom, Second Edition (West 2012). ISBN-13: 978-0-314-27540-0. Reading supplements, practice problems (with answers), and post-lecture slides are also provided.

Catalog Number: LITARB 630J

Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Evidence
Faculty: Koehler, Jonathan (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 2     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 61