Higher Education

Laws of Evidence, 1st Edition

  • Thomas Buckles, J.D.
  • ISBN-10: 0766807614  |  ISBN-13: 9780766807617
  • 512 Pages
  • © 2003 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.00



Presenting a general, yet substantive view of evidence law, this text is an appealing choice for students and instructors alike. Chapters covering separate areas of evidence law combine content with relevant cases, allowing students to learn and analyze the legal reasoning and court decision-making process behind the laws. The material is written in a student-friendly format, as chapters feature outlines, introductions, key terms, checklists, application activities, summaries, and Web Sites resources to enhance instruction. A variety of exhibits and illustrations give students a visual connection to what they are learning. Thought-provoking questions and practical activities such as Critical Thinking Questions, Legal Analysis and Writing Problems, Case Briefing, You Be The Judge, Advocacy and Communication Skills all serve to develop and strengthen essential skills, and help students apply and practice what they learn. Unlike no other evidence text on the market, this book also provides Internet coverage in the form of Legal Research Using the Internet applications and Internet Icons. These elements alert students to Web references, promote the use of web-based legal resources, and strengthen their research and technology skills. The appendix also provides a wide array of information on the court system and procedures, giving overviews of evidence law and its use in the legal process.

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Features and Benefits

  • Chapter formats are reader-friendly in design and explain the law, its history, how it is used today, and who uses it to benefit a diverse reader population
  • Chapter cases expand the use of relevant, real-life cases and are presented with the essentials intact to illustrate difficult legal concepts
  • Applications, exercises, examples, and illustrations allow readers to understand evidence law and develop critical thinking, legal analysis, research, and writing skills
  • "Legal Research Using the Internet" applications and Internet Icons alert readers to Web references, promote the use of web-based legal resources, and strengthen technology skills
  • "Evidentiary Checklists" list essential elements to help readers learn evidentiary laws and know what is needed to offer evidence or prove facts in issue
  • Appendix and "How - To" supplement compares state laws with federal rules, and gives instruction on how to brief cases and conduct legal analysis

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Nature and Development of the Laws of Evidence.
Chapter 2: Role of Evidence in the Legal Process.
Chapter 3: Obtaining and Presentation of Evidence.
Chapter 4: Challenges to Admissibility of Evidence.
Chapter 5: Relevancy.
Chapter 6: Witnesses.
Chapter 7: Opinions and Expert Testimony.
Chapter 8: Scientific Evidence and Testing.
Chapter 9: Physical Evidence.
Chapter 10: Documentary and Demonstrative Evidence.
Chapter 11: Hearsay.
Chapter 12: Exceptions to Hearsay.
Chapter 13: Privileges.
Chapter 14: Constitutional Limitations.
Chapter 15: Closing Arguments: Future of Evidence Law.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0766807622 | ISBN-13: 9780766807624)