Tutored Law School Elective
The outcome of litigation is determined by questions of fact and of law. Evidence is the material offered in a court to demonstrate what the facts are. The Rules of Evidence govern which materials can be considered by the court to prove the facts. Evidence is traditionally a law student’s favorite course. Students come to law school with dreams of becoming a trial lawyer, sitting in court during a trial and jumping up and saying “Objection, Your Honor.” In addition to the courtroom dreams, the course in evidence is favored by students because it is very straight forward and simply a set of rules which are logical and must be remembered. As with the course in Remedies, generally, in recent years, the Bar exam does not have exclusive questions in Evidence, but include Evidence issues within the context of other questions which the Bar expects you to recognize and analyze. Traditionally, the Bar only tested on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Now, in California, the California Rules of Evidence are included too.
Bill Hansult is a practicing California attorney and launched Side-Bar to help students pass the California and UBE exams at the lowest possible cost. He spent two years developing a system that works for both California and UBE states. The program differs from many other programs because it does not use lectures.
Instead, he provides students with outlines, practice tests and a schedule. It is the same memory reinforcement system that Bill used to pass the California Bar exam several years ago. After students master a long outline, they move to smaller and smaller ones, until a week before the exam. At that point, students switch to a "Bar Bones" outline which includes everything in 12 pages and is used as a refresher.