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College of Law

The Art and Science of Forensic Evidence

Course Number: Law 6915
Professor: Lauren McLane
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must complete their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: n/a

Course Overview: Properly preparing for and litigating cases involving forensic science testimony and evidence is an extraordinary challenge; one that lawyers will continue to encounter as science ever evolves.  This course will provide students with practical knowledge and application skills in handling cases involving scientific evidence, such as breath or blood alcohol and DNA testing. Any prior knowledge required to excel in this area will be covered throughout the course. We will discuss the underpinnings of the use of scientific evidence in court, including an overview of foundational requirements and rules that govern the admissibility of scientific evidence at trial. Students will then learn how to practically respond to the demands of both confronting and presenting scientific evidence, utilizing hypothetical scenarios and exercises in the classroom that reflect real-life courtroom experiences. 

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Basis for Grading Student Performance: The grades will be based on in-class projects and exercises.  The final exam will be comprised of both an interview of an expert and a cross-examination of that expert.  No written exam.
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