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Spring 2023
5357 Evidence - GOMEZ- 15503

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

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  TTH  Location: 102A 

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: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Quota=50

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Final Exam Schedule: 05/11 9am-12pm      

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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Critical (MBE & MEE)

DistanceEd ABA: No (no more than 1/3 of the class sessions have the instructor separated from all students via technology)

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Merritt and Simmons’s Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom, 5th, (West Academic Publishing 2022), CaseBook Plus Format, ISBN: 9781684675784.