Tara I. Allen

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Tara I. AllenAssociate Professor of Law

Contact Information

401-245-4526tallen@rwu.edu

Education

J.D., Northeastern University
B.A., Wesleyan University

Tara I. Allen was an Assistant Federal Defender for the Federal District of Rhode Island, where she concentrated in federal criminal defense.  She previously served as a trial attorney for federal defenders offices in Pennsylvania and California.  She also served as staff counsel for two federal appeals courts.  In addition, Tara has over 10 years of teaching experience.

Courses Taught

LAW.627Criminal Procedure: Investigation

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Course Description

This course examines the procedural aspects of the criminal justice system with emphasis on the impact of the fourth, fifth, and sixth amendments to the United States Constitution on state and federal prosecutions. Topics include the law of arrest, search and seizure, police interrogation and the privilege against self-incrimination.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.645Evidence

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Course Description

This course introduces the law controlling the introduction and exclusion of evidence in civil and criminal trials. Topics include burden of proof, presumption, judicial notice, burden of production, burden of persuasion, competency of witnesses, relevancy, examinations of witnesses, privileges, hearsay, demonstrative evidence, documents and the function of judge and jury.

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Core Course

Course Credits

4.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.641Trial Advocacy

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Course Description

The trial advocacy course employs a learning-by-doing approach. Thus, most of the course will involve the practice of trial skills including direct and cross examination, opening statements, closing arguments, and jury selection, in a simulated courtroom environment. During the last two weeks of the course, each student will participate as co-counsel in a full-length simulated civil or criminal trial with a sitting Rhode Island judge or professor presiding.
Evidence is a prerequisite but may be taken concurrently with the permission of the Trial Advocacy instructor.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.645 – Evidence
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.