Scientific Evidence



SLN #: 26729
Course Prefix: LAW-649
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Kaye

Course Description:
This seminar examines the legal principles governing the use of scientific evidence in civil and criminal litigation. It also describes the basic scientific underpinnings of expert testimony from the physical, biological, medical, behavioral, and statistical sciences. Particular attention will be paid to DNA evidence.

A series of litigation-related research and writing exercises will be assigned. These may take the form of office memoranda, pretrial motions and memoranda of points and authorities, appellate briefs, or court opinions in simulated cases. Depending on class size, oral presentations or trial or appellate practice simulations also may be part of the course. In addition, some written problem sets to test your understanding of relevant scientific principles may be assigned. Grades will be based on the written and oral exercises and answers to problems. These will be critiqued by the instructors, and there will be opportunities for rewriting. Judge Susan Ehrlich (ret.) may participate in teaching the course and evaluating the exercises.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: A series of litigation-related assignments
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: Yes
Prerequisite: Evidence (co-requisite)
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 15
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Presentations might be required
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes
Online Course Site: Blackboard