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Trial Techniques 8e 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735594418
ISBN-10: 0735594414
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  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers; 8th edition (June 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735594414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735594418
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mauet's Trial Technique is the classic textbook for trial courses in law schools around the country. It works just as well as a reference book for trial. It takes one through every step of trial, assuming the reader knows nothing about procedure. For example, not only does it teach how to lay a foundation for an exhibit with a witness, it tells you who to give the exhibit to to have it marked (the court clerk). This is not for advanced trial lawyers but is a good textbook for beginners and a solid reference for lawyers who only occassionally go to trial.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Atom on November 20, 2007
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Mauet's book has been around for a long time and it's beginning to show its age. The new edition sticks with the same format and doesn't add much new material. It offers solid advice that hardly anyone would disagree with, but in fact that's one of its flaws: it just doesn't push the envelope. For example, it tries to teach trial skills by looking only at hypothetical situations and fictional characters. Why use fiction when real life is so much more interesting and instructive? Why not use real court cases and learn from the mistakes and successes of lawyers we all know about?

My favorite trial techniques book right now is Winning at Trial, written by a current US Attorney (D. Shane Read). The author not only knows what he's talking about (you get the same solid advice as with Mauet), but the book also comes with two DVDs with over 4 hours of video from televised trials (including the O.J. trial), as well as numerous transcripts from actual trials. For students, your professor is probably going to stick with whatever text they're currently using, but I would recommend Read's book as a complement to give you a better idea of what really good (and not so good) trial attorneys do in actual trials.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JoeSacramento on June 8, 2012
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This new edition is the same as the previous edition, down the the index and page limit. Everything is exactly the same, with some different fact pattersn for examples. Don't buy this book, buy the previous edition used, no changes.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2001
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This reference book tells you everything that you wanted to know about trials, but were afraid to ask. It is an excellent reference work for law students or inexperienced trial lawyers who want to grasp the fundamentals of trial techniques, so as to at least look and sound as if they know what they are doing. It is a comprehensive work that covers methodology, as well as trial strategy.
The book gives the reader instructive examples on ways of accomplishing a specific task, which, while not dispositive, are invaluable to the inexperienced. It gives the novice a starting point from which one may develop his or her own particular style. The book offers basic trial techniques without which no novice trial lawyer should be. It is your basic primer on trial work with the emphasis on jury trials. It is well organized and easy to follow. If you only have room for one trial techniques book on your shelf, this should be the one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Stranger on December 31, 2007
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This book is absolutely fantastic. It's almost like a "Trials for Dummies" book for young attorneys and law students. Mauet's writing is easy to read and his advice is easy to follow. He provides examples that really drive home his points. This book should be assigned reading for every trial advocacy class. It was not assigned for my class but an attorney recommeded it to me and I found it invaluable. If you have a trial competition coming up, or are simply in over your head as a young attorney, reach for this lifeline ASAP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darla McLeroy on February 19, 2013
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I have had Mauet's 2004 trial techniques and finally upgraded to this one. Much remained the same, but much updated. It is a great tool not only for beginner's, but for those who do not get into the courtroom regularly it is a good refresher.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "billdaws@aol.com" on February 5, 2001
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If you only ever bought one book on trial technique, this would be it. It is clear, straightforward, and easy to comprehend. It changed my own perception of how to try a case, and moved me from the rank of despairing novice to comfortable journeyman. It is easily the best reference work of its type I have ever used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLM on February 23, 2013
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Like his pretrial techniques book, Mauet provides some good pointers . I used this for a class, and it really helped me figure out how to conduct voir dire, examinations/cross-exams of witnesses, get evidence admitted, and do openings and closings.
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