General Course Descriptions for Terms: evidence
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.
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.
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.