California Western -- William Lynch

Courses Taught - William C. Lynch

  Evidence          Torts I          Torts II

EVIDENCE (4 units)
The class focuses exclusively on the Federal Rules of Evidence, which are used in all federal courts and have been adopted essentially as state evidence codes in a majority of the states.  Specific Federal Rules of Evidence issues examined are rules governing relevance; authentication; best evidence; hearsay and exceptions; impeachment; opinion testimony; and privileges.  Based on my experience as an Evidence student in law school, as a criminal trial lawyer, and as an Evidence teacher, I use the problem method to teach both theory and practice. There is a one-hour midterm essay exam worth 25% of the final grade. The final exam, consisting of 2/3 multiple choice questions and 1/3 essay, is three hours long. Thus, the students' examination grade is based on 50% essay and 50% multiple choice questions. Class participation and the usual plus or minus point spread rules apply. Evidence law is not only essential for litigation-oriented courses; it should also be part of the fundamental professional knowledge of every practitioner.  Advising clients on almost any legal matter will involve, to some extent, an understanding of the principles of evidence law.
TORTS I (3 units)
Examines theories of civil liability for harm, including negligence, intentional wrongdoing and participation in abnormally dangerous activity.  Specific torts studied include assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional inflection of emotional distress, negligence (including medical malpractice and liability of owners and occupiers of land), and nuisance.  Defenses to tort actions are also considered, including contributory negligence, assumption of risk and consent.  Must be followed by Torts II.
TORTS II (3 units)
A continued examination of civil liability for harm arising out of some or all of the following tort areas:  negligence, including special duties (such as owners and occupiers, third party liability and governmental entities), nonfeasance and duty arising out of contract, wrongful death and birth; strict liability, including vicarious liability, abnormally dangerous activity, and products liability; nuisance; defamation; invasion of privacy; misrepresentation; economic torts.

Full course descriptions are available in PDF format on the J.D. Curriculum page.

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