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Fall 2017
5357 Evidence - THOMPSON- 16694

Professor(s): Sandra Thompson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TTH  Location: 144  BLB

Course Outline: 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 an opponent’s offer to admit evidence.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 9/7/17

Course Notes:   Two (2) photocopied supplements are available from my Assistant, Lilian White, in BLB 114 anytime between 8am and 5pm Monday-Friday.


First Day Assignments: Please read T (textbook): 1-51; FRE 101, 102, 103, 104, 611 (b); TxRE 611 (b). Please also be prepared to offer a photograph and a gun into evidence. For more information about offering a photograph into evidence, see Supp: "How to Offer Evidence: Basic Predicates."

Final Exam Schedule: 12/1 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: Yes

Course Materials (8/8/2017 1:18:09 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Evidence Under the Rules, Mueller & Kirkpatrick, 8th ed.; ISBN: 9781454849520

Photocopied course materials are available for pickup in BLB-114 from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please see Lilian White for assistance.