General Course Descriptions for Terms: evidence

798 - Professional Responsibility & Criminal Practice (Defender Project)

Covers the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct as specifically applied to criminal defense practice. Topics covered include perjured testimony, confidentiality, client counseling, witness interviewing, handling evidence, hard bargaining, statements regarding judicial qualifications and contempt of court.

801 - Evidence

Concepts of relevancy and policy in admission of evidence; hearsay, opinions, and other exclusionary rules; examination of witnesses, judicial notice, and procedural considerations.

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

Forensic evidence used in criminal cases has come under intense scrutiny recently because much of it never has been scientifically validated and some has been proven to be highly unreliable. More than ten years ago, the National Academy of Sciences issued a groundbreaking report concluding as much. Yet forensic “science” rarely is studied in either the law school curriculum or in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. This is the first course at the University of Wisconsin—and among the first in the nation—to fill that void by bringing together law students and STEM students to examine law & forensic science.

940 - Evidence (AKK Session)

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.