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Fall 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
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   TR  8:00 AM-9:40 AM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
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:
Online (all synchronous)
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): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The first week's reading is posted. We will cover through Michelson v. United States on Tuesday and the rest on Thursday.

    You need any current copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence that includes the Advisory Committee Notes. You are expected to read the rules and the notes as we cover them.

    First Week.pdf



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