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Fall 2021
5357 Evidence - THOMPSON- 16938

Professor(s): Sandra Thompson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TTH  Location: 111  TUII

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 9/15/21


Federal Rules of Evidence  (Dec. 2020). 

Texas Rules of Evidence  (June 1, 2020).

Course Notes: DistanceEd   The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Evidence Supplementary Readings

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Tak home exam      

This course will have:
Exam:
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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Critical (MBE & MEE)

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (7/22/2021 4:39:54 PM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Evidence: A Problem-Based and Comparative Approach; Peter Nicolas, 4th edition, Carolina Academic Press, 2018; ISBN: 978-1531004033