Law of Evidence
I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 270
Course Name: Law of Evidence
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
2. Admissibility of Evidence
A. Exclusionary rule
B. Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
C. Silver Platter Doctrine
3. Competency of Evidence
4. Blueprint of Evidence Rules
A. Civil Practice Act
B. Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions
5. Burden of Proof
7. Mapp Vs. Ohio
A. Impact of the Mapp case of Local Police
B. The latest cases in the realm of Mapp
8. Substitutes for Evidence
9. Evidentiary Privileges
A. Husband and Wife
B. Doctor - Patient
C. Priest - penitent
D. Other professional relationships
10. The Hearsay Rule
11. The United States Constitution and its relationship to Evidence Rules
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Class Participation 10%
Extra credit assignments may be arranged with the instructor on an individual basis.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.