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Fall 2012
5357 Evidence - THOMPSON- 18881

Professor(s): Sandra Thompson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 7:30p-9:00p  TTh  Location: 240  TU2

Course Outline: Evidence
Prof. Thompson
Course Description

This course aims to provide you with a working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence as well as the Texas Rules of Evidence. Texas, like most states, has adopted a set of evidence rules based on the federal rules, so we will only refer to the Texas rules only when they significantly differ from the federal rules.

The rules of evidence govern the introduction of all types of evidence (e.g., testimonial, tangible, documentary, photographic, demonstrative, or scientific). In order to fully comprehend the rules as applied during a trial it is essential to study them in the context of litigation. We will therefore study the application of the rules through a series of problems interspersed throughout the course. These problems call on you to play the role of an attorney who is handling an evidentiary issue in court. You may be required to lay the foundation for admission of evidence or to object to the attempt to admit evidence by opposing counsel. Besides advancing your understanding of the Rules, you will probably find it to be fun!

Course Syllabus: Syllabus (pdf)

Course Notes:   Course materials:

The textbook: Mueller & Kirkpatrick, Evidence under the Rules (7th Ed.). You may purchase the hardcopy or the SMARTe version. Wolters Kluwer is offering a new discounted price for the Mueller & Kirkpatrick SMARTe, a web based book. This offer is for the SMARTe edition only. The price at website is $102.00. You can watch a video demonstration about SMARTe at the website given in this email. The ISBN number is 9781454806585. This is a 50% discount for the web based book only.

I am not advocating that you use the electronic version, but I wanted to let you know of this option.

In the UHLC Copy Center, you can find two booklets for this course. One includes a collection of readings. The other is your rules booklet, containing the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Texas Rules of Evidence.


First Day Assignments: First Day Assignment:

Note: Rules Booklets and Supplementary Materials are available in the Law Center Copy Center.

Textbook: pp. 1-48.
Rules Booklet: read FRE 101, 102, 103, 104, 611(b); TxRE 611(b).

Please also be prepared to offer a photograph and a knife into evidence. (For information about offering a photograph into evidence, see Supplementary Materials: “How to Offer Evidence: Basic Predicates.”)

New Assigned Reading:
Tillman Case (pdf)

Final Exam Schedule: 12/15 9am-noon  240 BLB  213 BLB  

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: