Law 211 - Evidence

Laurie Levenson

Laurie Levenson

Visiting Professor
A.B. Stanford
Course Description:

This course examines the law governing the admission of evidence, focusing on the Federal Rules of Evidence (and to a lesser extent the California Evidence Code), related case law, and federal constitutional doctrine.  A range of evidence topics are studied, including relevance, the role of the judge and jury, hearsay and its exceptions, confrontation, character evidence, form of direct and cross examination, impeachment, and expert testimony.  Evidence is a recommended course for students who plan to take trial advocacy or other clinical offerings, and can serve as a basis for certification to appear in court during law school.

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Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn the Federal and California Rules of Evidence.  By the end of the course, they should understand both the theoretical underpinnings of the rules and their application in civil and criminal trials.  Students will develop the basic skills to apply the rules in a courtroom setting, as well as to write motions in limine addressing evidentiary issues.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Laurie Levenson 18F 211 LEC 1 TR 8:25 AM - 10:25 AM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2018 LEC 1
Capra, Daniel Federal Rules of Evidence  2018-2019 ed.  
ISBN: 9781640208292. West Academic. REQUIRED $52.00
Mueller and Kirkpatrick. Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems  8th ed.  
ISBN: 9781454849520. Wolters Kluwer. REQUIRED $272.00