Curriculum

Evidence

B723 is taught by J. Eaglin, A. Orenstein, J. Tanford

The law of evidence regulates the proof of facts at trial. The Evidence course focuses on the Federal Rules of Evidence (which have been adopted in most states), how they are typically interpreted, and how lawyers use them when making and responding to objections. Evidence is a core course and is a subject tested on all bar exams. It is the introductory course to litigation, usually taken in the second year, and is a prerequisite for Trial Advocacy and the advanced trial practice courses. Evidence is not recommended for accelerated 1-Ls or first-semester international students because it assumes that students understand the basics of criminal law, torts and civil procedure.

Prof. Tanfords section of evidence is primarily an on-line course. All materials, including the syllabus, text, and problems, will be distributed in electronic form via a course website, so a computer and the ability to work over the Internet are required. All mandatory classes are conducted on line, are self-scheduled, and will take approximately the same amount of time as a traditional class. In addition, there will be regular optional classroom sessions on Mondays that provide the opportunity to ask questions, review materials, and put evidence into practice through exercises in making and meeting objections.