Summer II 2023
5357 Evidence - GOMEZ- 11432
Alissa Gomez (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])
Course Areas: Procedure and Practice
Time: 6:00p-8:45p MTW Location: 260
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: (Synchronous Online) 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. Contrary to the UH information, some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. A physical classroom may be assigned for this course to give students a location in the Law Center to join the virtual class sessions. If the course has a final examination, the final and any other assessment for the course, such as a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.
First Day Assignments:
Final Exam Schedule: 07/07 6-9pm remote
This course will have:
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No
Experiential Course Type: No
Bar Course: No
DistanceEd ABA: Yes
Pass-Fail Student Election: Available
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.
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