Deborah J. Merritt and Ric Simmons' Learning Evidence: From the Federal Rules to the Courtroom, 3d
Get ready for the third edition! West Academic will release the third edition of Learning Evidence in November 2014. The new edition incorporates all rule changes--including those scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2014--as well as recent developments in the case law. The edition also includes more than a dozen videos designed to enhance student learning. The text refers students directly to the videos, which will be available here on the Learning Evidence website. Many of the videos include quiz questions that allow students to assess their own knowledge. These will be useful both for pre-class study and for rules that you do not have time to cover fully in class.
Although the third edition includes these upgrades, we have maintained the same organization and approach. Most of the text and examples remain the same. Professors who have used the first or second edition will find transition to the third edition seamless.
To accompany the third edition, we have updated our comprehensive teacher's manual. The manual notes all changes in the rules or case law, and offers new examples for many chapters. Over the coming months, we will update the Professor Resources on this website. That section of the site includes an electronic copy of the teacher's manual, suggested syllabi, PowerPoint slides, classroom exercises, writing assignments, sample exam questions, and more. Students cannot access that portion of our site, but any faculty member interested in teaching Evidence may request a password to gain access.
Students, practitioners, and other members of the public will find information in our section of "Student and Public Resources." You may, for example, test your knowledge through our online problem sets.
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.