Spring 2020
5357 Evidence - GOMEZ- 24324

Professor(s): Alissa Gomez (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  TTH  Location: 240  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

Course Notes:   Quota=50


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/05 9am-noon      

This course will have:
Exam: YES

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

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Yes

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election:

Course Materials (11/15/2019 4:17:38 PM)

Book(s) Required

Peter Nicolas, Evidence: A Problem-Based and Comparative Approach (4th edition)

(Carolina Academic Press 2018), ISBN: 978-1-5310-0403-3

Steven Goode and Olin Guy Wellborn III, Courtroom Evidence Handbook (2019-2020

Student Edition) (West Publishing 2019), ISBN: 978-1-6424-2773-8