Evidence: Issues in Medical and Forensic Evidence

Medical and forensic evidence play important roles in civil and criminal trials, and often determine the outcome of settlement negotiations. Understanding medical and forensic evidence thus is essential for any attorney who plans to settle or litigate many types of civil and criminal cases. But what makes "good" evidence? This issue recently has become more controversial, with the development of new technologies - like brain imaging - and with much established forensic science now being called into question. This course will explore several topics in medical and forensic evidence, with an emphasis on teaching students to evaluate what forms of medical and forensic evidence are both admissible and reliable, and will also raise issues relating to how background cultural narratives and expectations shape investigator, expert, and juror conclusions about what is, or is not, reliable evidence.

  • Prerequisite: EVIDENCE, waivable by permission of the instructor
  • Course requirements: Attendance + final exam (no final paper)
  • Cert requirement: A limited number of students may cert by permission of the instructor
  • Health Law Certificate: This course counts toward the Health Law Certificate

This course is not currently scheduled.
Last offered Spring 2018.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course