Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW9160
    Sched. No.: 114821075

Evidence Law: Psychological Bases*
Section 1
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Spellman, Barbara A.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1540-1740 (WB114)
Credits:3Type:Seminar
Capacity:19 **This information is current as of 10/22/2014 06:14:10 AM**
Current Enrollment:15 **This information is current as of 10/22/2014 06:14:10 AM**

Course Description:

Underlying the Rules of Evidence are many assumptions about how people behave and how people (in particular jurors) reason. We will think about the origins and necessity of the rules in general, and specifically look at things like the usefulness of the examination/cross-examination style, character evidence, various hearsay rules, the regulation of expert testimony, the effectiveness of instructions to disregard and to limit use, the rules regarding impeachment, the special relevance rules (like those about previous sexual conduct), and privileges. We will read both psychological and legal research and will consider whether there are any good psychological justifications for these rules.

NOTE: Laptops are not allowed during class sessions.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
PREREQUISITE: Evidence
MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE with: Psychology and Law: Cognitive and Social Issues
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Class participation and paper required


Prerequisites:Evidence
Mutually Exclusive with: Psychology and Law: Cognitive and Social Issues