This is a course of study designed to introduce the forensic
science student to the inter-relationship of science and the law as well as
discuss some of the ethical problems that may confront him/her in their role as
an expert witness and scientific researcher.
The role of the expert and his testimony in assisting the court and the
trier of fact will be explored. Classic
Frye rule considerations will be presented, as well as the newer Daubert
guidelines. The impact of the Federal
Rules of Evidence will be discussed.
The course will be taught by lectures and by the Socratic
Method. Students will be given
assignments from textbooks, handouts, and library research and are expected to
be prepared for class discussions each period.
A portion of the instruction will be on how to prepare and testify as an
effective expert. Some time will be
spent on dealing with cross-examination.