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This class meets January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Austin North, Harvard Law School. Adjunct/At-Large activities including workshops, group meetings and mock trial will take place in at times to be announced in Second Life.


Our goal is to enhance each participant's understanding of the purpose and process of proof in a court of law and of the process of learning and performing in real and second life. At the core of the course is the ideal of the good lawyer.

The approach of this Evidence course is to devote a series of lectures and associated readings and assignments to the purpose, rules and practice of proof in courts of law. This portion of the course will be examined in a two-hour in-class test on January 12, 2007, 9-11:00 a.m. This exam will be graded as prescribed by the faculty manual of Harvard Law School.

The remaining sessions of the course will be devoted to group work and mock trail. This portion of the course will be evaluated pass/fail; if "pass" the course grade will be the exam grade; if "fail" (should it occur) the course grade will be lower.


Class Prerequisites: There are no mandatory prerequisites beyond a good machine, a net connection, and eagerness to learn about and participate in American Law's jury-trial process of dispute resolution.

Professor Contact Information: Office hours are Thursday afternoons in Griswold 501, but office visits may be arranged for any time during the winter semester. The best way to contact me is through e-mail. Send all e-mail to nesson@law.harvard.edu. IMPORTANT, type in the subject line: “Evidence2007”.


Laptops in Class: Please bring your laptop to class. Use of laptops in class will at times be encouraged and at other times not, depending on what we are doing. If you are using your laptop, please join the Evidence 2007 Backchannel chat room to discuss class during class with your classmates.