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LS3025: EVIDENCE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

This course deals with the rules of evidence as they apply in the courtroom. The rules in both criminal and civil cases will be analysed. The legal requirements for leading real evidence, documentary evidence and witness testimony are considered. Topics include: relevancy, the corroboration rule, hearsay evidence, expert evidence, lawyer-client privilege, vulnerable witnesses, confession evidence and search evidence. Debate on the more controversial areas of the subject, such as sexual history evidence and admissibility of previous convictions, is encouraged. The subject is highly topical, controversial and practically important to all lawyers. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Philip Glover

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • LS1020 Criminal Law (Passed)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or () or Bachelor of Laws (Accelerated)
  • Either LS1021 Legal System (Passed) or LS1025 Legal System (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • LS1522 Legal Method (Passed)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover basic concepts within the law of evidence viz, relevance, burdens and standards of proof, admissibility and sufficiency as they operate in criminal and civil proceedings.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Counting essay (2,000 words) worth (25%) of the overall grade; Examination worth (75%) of the overall grade

Resit: 1 examination (75%) and essay (25% carried forward).

Formative Assessment



Written feedback on the essay will be provided. Students who fail on first attempt will be able to arrange a meeting following publication of results and in advance of the resit to discuss their examination performance.

Course Learning Outcomes


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