Deborah J. Merritt and Ric Simmons'
Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom
The second edition of Learning Evidence fully integrates the restyled Federal Rules of Evidence, discusses the Supreme Court's latest Confrontation Clause cases, and incorporates new references to electronic evidence. But we haven't changed the book's chapters, format, or examples; if you taught from the first edition of Learning Evidence, you will find the transition seamless. If you haven't adopted Learning Evidence, this is a perfect time to try our innovative approach to teaching Evidence: The book is one of the first to incorporate the restyled Rules of Evidence, and we highlight the restyling changes you will want to know as a professor.
This site includes extensive teaching materials: An electronic copy of the teacher's manual, suggested syllabi, PowerPoint slides, classroom exercises, writing assignments, videos, sample exam questions, and more. These teaching materials are accessible to any faculty member interested in teaching Evidence. We have updated all materials to correspond to the restyled Rules of Evidence, which took effect on December 1.
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An Innovative Text for Teachers, Students, and Practitioners
Professors, students, judges, and practitioners have all praised this innovative text on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Key points, step-by-step rule exposition, concrete examples, courtroom transcripts, charts, and chapter summaries guide readers through each of the federal rules. The approach works in the classroom, law office, and courtroom.
In an Evidence course, the book lays a foundation for cutting-edge classroom discussion. Learning Evidence moves beyond the traditional case method, engaging upperlevel students in a deeper study of Evidence. Students come to class knowing basic principles and understanding how to apply them to simple problems. They are ready to explore more complex evideniary problems, probe policy issues, and practice their knowledge.