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Spring 2020

Course Description
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the law governing proof and fact-finding in federal civil and criminal trials. It covers the rationales and assumptions underlying the Federal Rules of Evidence as well as the purpose animating the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause. By the end of the course, you should be able to (i) recognize evidentiary issues; (ii) interpret the Federal Rules of Evidence and apply them to new factual scenarios; (iii) understand the constitutional limitations on the admissibility of evidence; and (iv) assess the effectiveness and policy consequences of those limitations.

Audit Policy: Prof. Bascuas allows large classes (more than 25 students) to be audited so long as there is space available. Students who are auditing must sit in the furthest row and may not use computers or any other electronic devices in the room. Because they are not formally enrolled in the class, students who are auditing may not participate at all: They cannot ask or answer questions or otherwise participate in class discussion in any way whatsoever. Nor can they discuss the material with Prof. Bascuas at office hours or any other time or place. Auditing is just listening quietly without any interference.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   TR  3:30 PM-5:20 PM F309

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Grades are predicated upon the final essay examination, class participation, professionalism, and any written assignments.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: You cannot enroll in this evidence section and International Moot Court. Those attending the LWOW kickoff must plan their travel to be back in time to attend class.
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Evidence Under the Rules 7th ed.
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Mueller & Kirkpatrick
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 7th 2011
    ISBN: 9780735507470

Additional Materials:
A required supplement is available in the Copy Center. Note that the version of the textbook we use is an old (hence cheap) edition. It is available at Book Horizons.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The syllabus and readings for the first class and through the end of the drop/add period are in the Copy Center. You will need a copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the accompanying Advisory Committee Notes. The most recent free version with the notes I found online is this one: ... The Advisory Committee Notes are a reference mainly for home so there is no need to print that out. A current version of the rules without the notes is available from the Copy Center.

    You will need the textbook, the supplement, and the rules for class as well as something to write on. Note that computers cannot be used during class.



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2672
Office: G273