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Mock Trial Textbooks

Winning Objections: A Mock Trial Guidebook

By: Brian Pilchik, Amanda Mundell, and Emily Miller
ISBN: 978-0-578-62445-7
Winning Objections, LLC, 2020.

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Written by former mock trial national championship competitors, coaches, and founders of Harvard Law School Mock Trial, Winning Objections is designed to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about trial objections.

For beginners, this book has the simple explanations you need to learn the basics, from relevance and hearsay to character evidence and speculation. For advanced advocates, we answer questions like “How does the best evidence rule work?’” or “What exactly is extrinsic evidence?” Inside, you’ll find sample arguments, trial transcripts, and cheat sheets, plus dozens of tips and tricks you can use anywhere from the national level of competition to the inside of a real courtroom.

Whether you’re a mock trial competitor or an aspiring trial attorney, it’s time you started Winning Objections. More information at our website

Pleasing the Court: A Mock Trial Handbook

By: Dr. John R. Vile
ISBN: 967-1-285-11834-5
Cengage Learning, 2012

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Cengage Learning is pleased to announce the publication of the fifth edition of PLEASING THE COURT: A MOCK TRIAL HANDBOOK.

Authored by a successful college coach, this handbook may be used either as a text in schools, colleges and universities that offer mock trial for credit or as an aid to students in institutions that offer mock trial purely as an extra-curricular activity. Although especially useful for new coaches and schools, this guide also provides insights for veteran mock trial students.

            • Learn tested and effective strategies for mock trial attorneys and witnesses.
            • Identify elements of good openings, closings, directs, and cross examinations.
            • Find how to conduct a voir dire, make an offer of proof, raise and respond to objections, and prepare and introduce exhibits.
            • Gain ready access to clearly stated explanations of mock trial rules

Pleasing the Court is authored by Dr. John R. Vile, Dean of the University Honors College and a long-time mock trial coach at Middle Tennessee State University. Vile has published numerous other books and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Mock Trial Association. Pleasing the Court is available directly from Cengage Learning. Orders may be placed by e-mail at higheredcs@cengage.com, by phone at (800) 354-9706 and by Fax at (800) 487-8488. A portion of each sale goes to AMTA.


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