How to Succeed As a Trial Lawyer

Two new books in the Law Library may be of interest to beginning trial lawyers or law students. The American Bar Association title How to Succeed As a Trial Lawyer is written by Stewart Edelstein who has been a practicing commercial trial lawyer for 40 years and has also taught civil litigation skills at Yale Law Skill.  The book is designed for law students, beginning trial lawyers as well as experienced trial lawyers and offers chapters on such wide-ranging topics as dealing with clients, making oral presentations in court, presenting an effective defense in the courtroom, and marketing your litigation practice.

Another new title in the Law Library’s collection that law students and new trial lawyers may find useful is the American Bar Association published title Anatomy of a Trial. This title is written by Paul Mark Sandler who is also an accomplished trial lawyer and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His book includes chapters on opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, closing statements and other topics while looking specifically at two jury trial cases – one civil and one criminal. There are also chapters within the book that provide “A View From the Bench” where several judges offer their thoughts on opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, closing arguments and what judges want from trial lawyers.

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