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B723 Evidence

Description The law of evidence regulates the proof of facts at trial. The Evidence course focuses on the Federal Rules of Evidence (which have been adopted in most states), how they are typically interpreted, and how lawyers use them when making and responding to objections. Evidence is a core course and is a subject tested on all bar exams. It is the introductory course to litigation, usually taken in the second year, and is a prerequisite for Trial Advocacy and the advanced trial practice courses. Evidence is not recommended for accelerated 1-Ls or first-semester international students because it assumes that students understand the basics of criminal law, torts and civil procedure. Course materials, including the syllabus, will be distributed in electronic form via a course website, so a computer and the ability to work over the Internet are required. Prof. Tanford offers two options for students taking Evidence. First, there is a traditional classroom option, intended primarily for those who are serious about trial practice. It includes extensive drills and exercises and requires frequent class participation. Second, there is a non-classroom electronic option in which students may take the entire Evidence course electronically over the Internet. The electronic section is aimed primarily at students who commute, are taking Evidence as a bar exam course, or need scheduling flexibility (the e-classes are self-scheduled). The electronic option is also recommended for those LL.M. students who are more comfortable with written English than spoken English. Both sections follow the same syllabus, cover the same problems and assignments, and approach evidence as a question of advocacy (what arguments to make) rather than admissibility (whether an item of evidence is in some abstract sense "admissible"). The electronic classes are not easier. In terms of substance, work-load, and the amount of time it takes to prepare for and take the classes, there is no significant difference between the live version and the electronic version. For more information, go to http://law.indiana.edu/instruction/tanford/b723/ Evidence is also regularly taught by Professor Aviva Orenstein.

Faculty A. Orenstein, J. Tanford

SemesterTitleFaculty
Fall 2014 - 2015EvidenceTanford, A.
Spring 2013 - 2014EvidenceOrenstein
Fall 2013 - 2014EvidenceTanford, A.
Spring 2012 - 2013EvidenceOrenstein
Fall 2012 - 2013EvidenceTanford, A.
Fall 2012 - 2013EvidenceTanford, A.
Spring 2011 - 2012EvidenceTanford, A.
Fall 2011 - 2012EvidenceOrenstein
Spring 2010 - 2011EvidenceOrenstein
Fall 2010 - 2011EvidenceTanford, A.
Spring 2009 - 2010Evidence (first day's assignment)Bethel
Spring 2009 - 2010Evidence (syllabus)Orenstein
Fall 2009 - 2010Evidence (site)Tanford, A.