A study of the Anglo-American rules of proof, emphasizing the Federal Rules of Evidence. The scope and function of the rules are examined against the background of problems arising in the trial of an issue of fact, and the rules are evaluated on the basis of their tendency to promote or impede a rational method of investigation. Topics include the relevance of evidence; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; examination of witnesses, cross-examination, and impeachment; competency of witnesses; opinion, expertise, and experts; scientific and demonstrative evidence; writing; the best evidence rule and authentication; privileges of witnesses; judicial notice; and presumptions.
This upper level, doctrinal course is part of the Core Curriculum. All students must complete this course before graduation. For students more interested in litigation careers, Evidence should be completed during their second year. For students more interested in transactional careers, Corporations should be completed during their second year. Both Evidence and Corporations must be completed prior to graduation. Concepts introduced in this course are heavily tested on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the New York Law Exam (NYLE).