This course examines the operation of the rules of evidence at trial and the interaction of those rules with the skills of trial advocacy. Using case files, students will learn to apply the rules of evidence through the examination of witnesses, laying foundations for real and demonstrative evidence, introducing expert and scientific evidence, impeaching witnesses and similar exercises. The method of instruction will be a combination of the standard law school lecture/Socratic dialog and demonstration. There may be some role play as well, but the course is not designed as a substitute for courses such as Trial Practice, in which the primary method of instruction is simulation/role play. Instead, Trial Evidence should be viewed as an intermediate step between the basic evidence course and Trial Practice. It is suitable either for those (a) who wish to pursue a curricular track in litigation as part of a sequence beginning with Evidence and leading to a litigation clinic or (b) as a terminal course in this area for those who wish to become acquainted with this material, but who do not wish to undertake intensive study. P: Evidence.
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