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This guide is intended to highlight resources available at the University of Illinois Law Library for the research of the Rules of Evidence. The guide is broken up by major topics in evidentiary law. On this page you will find links to the official federal and Illinois Rules of Evidence, as well as suggestions for classroom level primers. For more information and available resources on particular topics, please follow the tabs above.
These guide books provide helpful overviews of evidentiary law.
Evidence in a Nutshell by
Call Number: KF8935.Z9 R6 2022
The latest version of the Federal Rules is the anchor of this book, with some state variations noted where important. The text summarizes significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including the latest Confrontation Clause cases; additional leading cases; forefront expert, scientific, and electronic evidence developments; and principal schools of evidentiary thought. Includes practical implementation as well as scholarly approaches. It pays attention to the litigation process as a whole and includes interdisciplinary cross-pollination where helpful. Numerous signpost-type headings and subheadings light the way, concisely summarizing the gist of each evidentiary concept. The detailed table of contents alone could serve as a complete course outline. Distinctively, an analytical, thoughtful approach is emphasized throughout.
Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell by
Call Number: KF8935 .Z9 G7 2021 (Practical Skills)
The Nutshell, reflecting the Federal Rules of Evidence as restyled and amended up to and including December 1, 2020, contains a crisp, clear, concise, and complete explanation of each Federal Rule of Evidence designed to prepare every student for the course final, the multistate bar examination, and most significantly a successful litigation practice career. The United States Supreme Court's controversial testimonial/nontestimonial interpretation of the Confrontation Clause developed in Crawford and progeny is thoroughly analyzed as well. With respect to the definition of hearsay, the not hearsay definition, the most commonly encountered hearsay exceptions, expert witnesses, and character evidence even more exhaustive treatment is provided. Concrete illustrations are presented throughout.
Evidence Law: A Student's Guide to the Law of Evidence As Applied in American Trials by
Call Number: KF8935 .P368 2022
In clear and engaging prose that makes concepts accessible without oversimplification, this Treatise explains the Federal Rules, selected state variations, major cases, essential doctrines, and important underlying policies. Frequent practical examples drawn from courtroom practice introduce students to courtroom procedure, provide a context in which evidence problems arise, and acquaint them with the language of the courtroom. This volume can serve as background for beginning students and as a one-stop refresher for those taking advanced courses. Professors can assign various sections to track the syllabus or simply recommend this book as useful background reading.
Evidence: Examples & Explanations by
Call Number: KF8935 .Z9 B48 2018
Study guide aimed at law students. Provides a description of evidentiary topics then tests user knowledge with practice questions.
Principles of Evidence by
Call Number: KF8935 .L54 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-08
Focuses on the Federal Rules of Evidence as a model code. Provides an annotated overview of the rules broken up by subject headings.
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Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law by
Call Number: KF 8936.S25 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-22
Less of a classroom training manual and more of a theoretical explanation, this book is less concerned with ensuring the reader learns the black letter law than answering the question of "why" evidentiary rules are structured as they are. Useful for practicing attorneys interested in trial strategy.
Evidence of the Law: Proving Legal Claims by
Call Number: KF8935 .L39 2017
As Gary Lawson shows, legal claims are inherently objects of proof, and whether or not the law acknowledges the point openly, proof of legal claims is just a special case of the more general norms governing proof of any claim. As a result, similar principles of evidentiary admissibility, standards of proof, and burdens of proof operate, and must operate, in the background of claims about the law. This book brings these evidentiary principles for proving law out of the shadows so that they can be analyzed, clarified, and discussed. Viewing legal problems through this lens of proof illuminates debates about everything from constitutional interpretation to the role of stipulations in litigation. Rather than prescribe resolutions to any of those debates, Evidence of the Law instead provides a set of tools that can be used to make those debates more fruitful, whatever one's substantive views may be. As lawyers, judges, and legal subjects confront uncertainty about what the law is, they can, should, and must, Lawson argues, be guided by the same kinds of abstract considerations, structures, and doctrines long used to make determinations about questions of fact.
The Future of Evidence: How Science & Technology Will Change the Practice of Law by
Call Number: KF8935 .F88 2011
There is no ignoring the impact of science on law today. New information in areas such as digital and multimedia sciences, canine scent detection, touch DNA and neuroscience is emerging daily. This thought-provoking book was written to provide you with a glimpse into a new dawn of the future of evidence and will help keep you on top of the multitude of new theories, policies, laws and rules that you face every day.
Social Media Evidence Questions
The National Institute for Trial Adovcacy answers questions on how the traditional rules of evidence interact with social media communications.