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Spring 2021

Course Description
This 4-credit Evidence course is designed for students interested in litigation. Although it is in many ways a traditional course, we will discuss evidence law from a strategic perspective – as litigators trying to enter or exclude certain evidence. To that end, students will be required to analyze hypotheticals and stand and make oral arguments. Substantively, the course will cover the law of evidence as applied in both civil and criminal proceedings throughout the United States. The focus will be on the Federal Rules of Evidence, which now have been adopted through codification in a vast majority of states. These will be examined in detail with reference both to their common law background and to their subsequent interpretation.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   MW  10:10 AM-11:50 AM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 4
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Three hour exam and oral in-class exercises. Possible pop quiz(zes).
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions: If you are unwilling to work hard and do oral arguments in front of your classmates, please do not take this class.
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Evidence
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Sklansky/Roth
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 5th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1543804577
  • Textbook Name: Federal Rules of Evidence and California Evidence Code
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Sklansky
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 2020
    ISBN: 978-1543820454
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Hi Everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing you in class on Monday. The assignments for Monday and Wednesday are below. Please make sure you buy the 5th edition of the textbook. There are major changes between the 4th edition and the 5th, so it’s critical that you have the latest edition. Just in case some of you haven’t had a chance to purchase the textbook, I have posted the first two readings. Class 1 - Mon. Jan 25 Introduction; Relevance; Probative Value and Prejudice CB 1-32 (31) Class 2 - Wed. Jan 27 Old Chief, Conditional Relevance; Introduction to Hearsay; Non-Hearsay Uses of Out-of-Court Statements CB 32-56 (24)   

    Evidence CB Pages 1-75.pdf



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-1899
Office: G268