General Course Descriptions for Terms: evidence


711 - Contracts

This course provides an introduction to the law of contracts. It will cover the following topics: remedies (including expectation- and reliance-based damages, specific performance, and restitution); formation of contract (offer, acceptance, consideration, intention to create legal relations); Statute of Frauds; parol evidence rule; voidness or unenforceability (illegality, minor status, intoxication, mental incapacity, duress, undue influence, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of duty of good faith, unconscionability); penalty clauses, restrictive covenants, exculpatory clauses, arbitration clauses, at-will employment contracts, promissory estoppel, constructive trusts, and warranties. By the end of this course, you should be able to: · master the fundamental rules and policies of contract law; · identify rules and policy in judicial decisions; · spot and analyze a legal issue in a problem-based fact pattern; and · recognize the various sides of a legal issue and effectively articulate the strengths and weaknesses of each.



801 - Evidence



854 - Clinical Program: Immigrant Justice Clinic

Immigrant Justice Clinic Course Learning Outcomes: • You will competently engage in case management, such as using case management software, file organization, timekeeping, and notetaking. • You will effectively and sensitively solicit information from clients in interviews and learn to use trauma-informed interviewing skills. • You will be able to evaluate the various options available to clients, estimate the pros and cons, explain these to the client, and recommend a course of action. • You will be able to understand and apply substantive immigration law related to removal defense at a basic level. • You will be able to research complicated questions of immigration law. • You will demonstrate effective legal writing, such as correspondence, affidavits, motions, and memoranda of law. • You will demonstrate oral advocacy skills, such as informal advocacy, direct examination, opening and closing statements, and the ability to extemporaneously dialogue with an adjudicator. • You will engage in strategic planning, such as deciding how to frame a theory of the case, what evidence to pursue and submit, what motions to file, and what witnesses to call to testify. • You will develop and refine your own definition of what it means to be a legal professional, incorporating the rules of professional conduct and your own values. • You will collaborate with other students and work through collaboration difficulties.



915 - SP Crim. J. Admin.: Law & Forensic Science

Forensic evidence used in criminal cases has come under intense scrutiny recently because few of the methods have been scientifically validated and some have been proven to be highly unreliable. This course brings together law students and graduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students to examine Law & Forensic Science. The course is divided into two distinct segments. The first half of the class involves presentations by faculty and leading scientists, lawyers, and scholars on the legal system & processes, the fundamentals of science, and the challenges confronting the forensic disciplines, including close scrutiny of many of the dominant forensic techniques in use today. For the bulk of the remaining time, the course turns to examining more deeply these issues in a practice setting—in-class mock hearings or mock trials—in which law students assume the roles of the attorneys litigating forensic science issues, and the STEM students assume the roles of expert witnesses in the various disciplines.



940 - Evidence



950 - Empirical Analysis and the Law

In many areas of law and law-making, attorneys are increasingly called upon to evaluate and present empirical evidence to support their claims. Fortunately, most empirical research today uses only a handful of research methods. In this seminar, you will learn about these methods and the types of legal questions that they can address. The goal of this seminar is not to equip students to become producers of empirical research, but rather, to help students become better consumers of empirical research and in so doing, build an important set of skills for legal practice. No special preparation or background in empirical methods is necessary for this course and this course will not require you to produce your own empirical research. For example, we will not cover methods of collecting data or coding. Rather, class time and assignments will be primarily devoted to: (1) understanding the intuitions behind the most widely-used empirical methods in law, and (2) giving you the tools you need to be able to read empirical work with a critical eye, including basic literacy in statistics.