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Law and Forensic Science

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(2 cr.) Forensic scientific evidence is frequently the subject of court challenges and public controversy. Critics question the methods forensic scientists employ and the validity of their conclusions, while forensic experts claim that their work is misrepresented or misunderstood. During this course, experts in DNA, fingerprints, pattern interpretation, and other forensic disciplines will present the basic principles of their fields, accepted interpretation models, and the scientific limits of what experts can reasonably conclude. The course will also explore, through case examples and discussion, various strategies for using forensic evidence to support or challenge the reliability of factual findings.


Law Fall 2020

Section 01