This course examines the rules governing the admission, exclusion, and presentation of evidence in judicial proceedings. Topics covered in this course include relevancy; authentication; the "best evidence” rule; categorical rules of exclusion; character and habit evidence; competency of witnesses; examination and impeachment of witnesses; opinion and expert testimony; presentation of evidence; privilege; the hearsay rule and its exceptions; presumptions and burdens of proof; and the scope of judicial notice. Additionally, the course covers strategies for fact-finding, investigation, and interviewing techniques for gathering information. The course also includes investigative techniques for determining what information is needed and finding, organizing, verifying, and documenting the information.