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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Laws of Evidence (PLG-301)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
January 2009 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: defend the policy rationale for various rules of evidence; identify issues of evidence that are decided by a judge and which are decided by a jury; outline the burdens of proof that apply to various issues regarding types of trials, including criminal and civil trials and evidentiary hearings; explain relevant evidence rule and the "catch all" exception under Federal Rule 403; analyze whether and to what extent character evidence and prior acts can be admissible in a courtroom to prove action in conformity with those characteristics; define the "original documents" rule and explain when and under which circumstances copies of documents can be admissible; outline the rules regarding the extent to which impeachment of witnesses is allowed on cross-examination; outline the role of an "expert" witness and additional latitude an expert witness gets in terms of relevant testimony; explain hearsay rule, how it's used and apply the numerous exceptions to the hearsay rule as related to fact patterns; and list evidentiary privileges that are allowed under federal and state law.


This course presents a survey of the most relevant and important rules of evidence and focuses on the Federal Rules of Evidence but also notes comparative state laws when they differ from federal rules. Other topics include: areas of evidence law including relevancy, character evidence, impeachment of witnesses, hearsay, and original document rule. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Laws of Evidence (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).