Discussion - 3 hours. In addition to examining the evidence law governing the admission of scientific testimony, this course considers related procedures as well as trial advocacy in presenting and attacking such testimony. The scope of the course is broadly conceived; the coverage includes not only instrumental scientific techniques but also soft scientific expert techniques including mental health testimony and social science expertise. Each student is required to both make an oral class presentation and prepare a research paper dealing with a particular forensic technique. Class limit: 20 students.
Prerequisite: 219 Evidence
Graduation Requirements: May satisfy Advanced Writing Requirement with instructor's permission.