Professor Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. and Ryan Gallagher, M.S.
For practicing attorneys, an understanding of forensics is essential – and not just those involved in criminal cases, but also those who deal with civil litigation, insurance policies, contracts, and virtually every other area of legal practice. Forensics is a huge field that includes law, medicine and science. It encompasses anatomy, histology, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, biology, entomology, anthropology, psychology and other scientific disciplines. This course will open the doors to the world of forensics and will provide students with a broad understanding of its uses and limitations as well as an explanation of the most commonly employed forensic techniques – the ones seen on television, you read about in the newspapers, and will confront in the courtroom.
This interactive course will explore how civil and criminal investigations are pieced together through the collection of evidence, crime scene assessments, and forensic analysis. Through real-life experiences and lectures by experts in the field, this course will discuss the legal issues involved in forensics from crime scene evidence to polygraphs. Issues surrounding the “cause-of-death” and the intricacies of forensic anthropology will be examined along with their usefulness for crime scene investigation and establishing causation in civil cases. You will also learn how forensics and other scientific evidence combine in court so that attorneys can build or defend their cases. As a warning, this course is not a sanitized version of a murder as depicted in fictionalized television shows. You will see the real thing.
This is a serial writing class and you will be required to write four (4) papers.
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