Mock Trial Textbooks

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.

The Articulate Advocate: New Techniques of Persuasion for Trial Lawyers

By Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter
ISBN-13: 978-1-939506-03-0
Crown King Books, 2016
Price: $24.99

9781939506078.jpgNow in its ​fourth printing, THE ARTICULATE ADVOCATE is valuable for a range of readers, including mock trial students and coaches. Your mock trial arguments will improve dramatically with the tips and guidance you’ll find in this book. It’s not a book about what to say in the courtroom, but rather, how to say it persuasively so you win! It answers common questions:

            • What do I do with my hands?
            • I talk fast. How do can I slow down?
            • How do I use my adrenaline buzz in a positive way?
            • How can I break the habit of saying um?

Most importantly, this book will teach you techniques that will allow you to remember with confidence what to say to the judge, the jury, and the witnesses.

The resources and textbooks we have traditionally used covered the basic nuts and bolts of the trial process. The missing link in preparing students for mock trial competition was this very book. The sections that address the importance of what goes on outside the courtroom (how to prepare the mind/body; how to practice) are uniquely valuable. The Articulate Advocate was a welcome addition to our program.”

Steven C. Kennedy
Kennedy & Kiss
Mock Trial Coach, Clark University


"The Articulate Advocate is an extremely valuable tool for mock trial coaches at all levels. It explains what the common pitfalls in public speaking are, why they occur, and then teaches how to spot those issues in students' deliveries. But the book goes one step further and also helps coaches devise exercises to resolve the speaking issues their students are having. In that sense, I urge every mock trial coach to read this book as it is a great asset."

Ryan Seelau, Mock Trial Coach for ten years at the junior high,
high school, collegiate and law school levels


THE ARTICULATE ADVOCATE is available from Crown King Books for $24.99. As a special bonus for AMTA members, we will include online access to two of our communication skills videos: Opening Statement and Closing Argument. These videos provide valuable instruction on making a strong first impression and a persuasive conclusion. (combined running time 16:21; unlimited access to the videos is included)

A portion of each sale made through the link below goes to AMTA. For more information, contact us here.  

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