Prerequisites: RCC* and Evidence (LAW 661) (may be taken concurrently). This course concentrates on issues dealing with the introduction of expert testimony with particular focus on testimony involving scientific and technical matters. These are among the most interesting and complex evidentiary issues confronting courts today. Experts testify in a wide variety of criminal and civil cases. Their testimony is crucial to determinations of malpractice, competence, identification, valuation of goods and property, causation and to psychological evaluations. During the semester, a number of experts in various fields will address the class, commenting on their area of expertise and discussing cases in which they have given testimony.
3 Credit Hours