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ISBN-13: 978-1413319446 ISBN-10: 1413319440 Edition: Eighth Edition

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""An excellent resource that outlines what's involved in representing yourself in court -- from presenting evidence to the rules of cross examination."" New Orleans Times-Picayune

""Highly recommended for even modest legal self-help collections."" Library Journal

“ Nolo publications…guide people simply through the how, when, where and why of the law.”  The Washington Post

About the Author

Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His recent books include Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.); and Represent Yourself In Court and The Criminal Law Handbook (both with Sara Berman, Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film. His blog on the criminal justice system can be found at The Rap Sheet: Nolo's Criminal Law Blog.

Sara J. Berman is a professor at Concord Law School and co-founder of PASS Bar Review. She is the co-author of Represent Yourself in Court and The Criminal Law Handbook and the author of numerous articles and law course materials.
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Product Details

  • Series: Represent Yourself in Court
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; Eighth Edition edition (October 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413319440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413319446
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His recent books include Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.); and Represent Yourself In Court and The Criminal Law Handbook (both with Sara Berman, Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals, and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom on December 17, 2013
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This book with The Criminal Law book gives you thoughts and ideas on how to prepare a case.
I do advocacy work and this information helps me present my case in different environments.
Great resource books.
Tom G
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leo on April 17, 2014
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The book like most attorneys makes a big effort to get you to settle your case before going to Court.
It provides for a general summary of how things works but does not provide the legal forms which are customarily used in legal Court proceedings.
Also, because it was not purchased direct from the NOLO website, they did not offer the additional support which is offered by the NOLO tech support. Had I purchased it directly from NOLO I'm sure the additional support and answers to my questions would have been beneficial.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nadia Mokhtar on December 29, 2013
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Clear, lots of important details, the book highlights many points the average reader would not pay attention to, and easy reading for everyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph L. on April 1, 2014
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Very good price as compared to hiring a lawyer. Provides very good simple illustrations and examples to help you defend yourself or begin your own law suit without hiring a lawyer. All required court forms are also illustrated and can be used as templates. This book is a must for people who desire to be a Pro Se Litigant (representing yourself). Regardless, much of the work needed to be an effective Pro Se Litigant lies on your shoulders alone, however, this book provides knowledge regarding necessary preparation.
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By Jack Wil on March 22, 2015
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Valuable information, but lacking in two very important areas. One, if you have to testify there is NO information about preparing and delivering your testimony (was there a deposition, were there declarations how to prepare for and make them). Two, it gives only cursory insight as to how to defend yourself. Our civil legal system is basically a wealth redistribution system. You can be sued by anyone at anytime for doing nothing, the Plaintiff hopes you will cave into this litigation extortion and pay them without going to trial and it often succeeds. If you did nothing and believe in fighting for the truth that you did nothing wrong, there is little in this book that will help you. If you are the kind of person hoping for a pay day for nothing it will be of help to you. If you have a legitimate case this will help you.
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By Steve on September 22, 2014
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This book appears to be a thorough introduction to self-representation in the American legal system. Be forewarned, though: the book assumes that the decision to self-represent has already been made, and thus provides little information for the person trying to decide whether or not to self-represent. This topic is sufficiently tricky that perhaps it deserves a book of its own.
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By Dominique Strohl on November 7, 2014
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A must read for everyone who has to go to court, even if you decide to hire an attorney. A very thorough guide in helping pro se litigants. Gives step by step instructions on how to prepare for court and points the laymen to the correct local and state rules of court. A great book!
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a definite necessity for the pro se/pro per litigant; it is not a detailed "how to" manual; but it is a primer on what one needs to know if they intend to represent themselves in court.
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