Fall 2012
5357 Evidence - CRUMP- 34483

Professor(s): David Crump (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MWLocation: 144  TU2

Course Outline: This evidence course will begin with an outline and problems that will cover the basics of the entire course, in advance. The idea is to give the student a quick “knowledge transfusion” over a couple of classes that will avoid policy and concentrate on the black-letter evidence rules, with the purpose of providing an introduction, a preview, and an initial exposure that will reinforce the rest of the course. Then, we will cover the Federal Rules of Evidence, more or less in their numerical order, using the casebook. This part of the course will take roughly two hours and will conclude with a comparison of a few significant differences between the Federal Rules and the Texas Rules of Evidence. The final hour or so will consist of exercises in standard methods of offering various common kinds of evidence and simulations of evidence controversies.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus (pdf)

Course Notes:   


First Day Assignments: Assignment for the first day of class: Read pp. 3-22 of the Photocopied Evidence Case & Rule Supplement--that is, the first half of the "Baker & Botts Evidence Outline"--and consider the answers to the problems contained in those pages. You will get this Supplement as part of the materials you will obtain from the Copy Center.

Assignment for second day of class: Continue reading the same Evidence Outline, through the end at page 42, and again consider the answers to the problems.

These three hours will provide you with an overview of the Rules of Evidence: an overview of the rules and cases part of the course. Although this is not the usual method for beginning a course, this course is unsual, because it concerns a system of black-letter rules: the Rules of Evidence. The objective is to give you a basic "knowledge transfusion" about those rules. After these first three hours, we'll begin reading in the casebook. The syllabus will show you the entire case-and-rule part of the course.

Final Exam Schedule: 12/17 9am-noon  240 TU2  211 TU2  

This course will have:

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