The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.
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- By William V. Dorsaneo. Published by Carolina Academic Press. 2015.
This coursebook explores both the practical and substantive aspects of Texas civil pre-trial litigation. The materials cover all aspects of the processing of a civil case up to the period immediately before trial
- By Jeremy Wicker. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1999.
Encyclopedic in scope, this set covers everything from analyses of court rules, statutes and cases to the underlying laws governing civil and appellate procedure. It provides extensive coverage of all aspects of appellate practice, including perfecting appeals, the appellate record, appellate briefs, court of appeals proceedings, Texas Supreme Court procedures, and original proceedings.
View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.
- By Earl Johnson. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015.
Never lose a civil case in Texas on evidentiary or procedural grounds. With this single source reference designed specifically for civil practitioners, you will increase your effectiveness and productivity. Comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date, Texas Civil Trial Guide will help you admit the evidence you need, exclude your opponent's evidence, and avoid critical mistakes. Coverage includes: Presenting and opposing motions in limine, using affidavits as foundations for documentary evidence; Assertion of privileges, admission of testimony, expert opinions, and documentary evidence, and effective cross-examination; Leading case authorities; Procedural guidance concerning trial settings, continuances, special exceptions and pleadings, amendments, oral depositions, recusal motions, consolidation and severance, jury selction, motions for judgment, and closing argument. Benefit from step-by-step guidance and a variety of practice-friendly features. This indispensable practice tool provides substantive and procedural guidance to all the evidentiary issues you could encounter throughout the trial process in Texas. Whether you're a new or experienced trial attorney, you'll also save time with helpful practice aids such as: how to object and how to respond to an objection on all grounds- relevancy, competency, "best evidence," and hearsay; scripts on what to say in court; direct quotes of relevant statutes and rules; master checklists of motions; and much more. The eBook versions of this title features links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.
- By Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1979.
This guide's six volumes are arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making their detailed information easy to access. Each volume contains a number of chapters divided into four parts covering legal backgrounds, procedural practice tips, sample forms, and research resources and bibliographies.
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- By Scott Brister. Published by James Publishing. 2000.
"A step-by-step outline format and proven practice tips help you avoid pitfalls. Procedure and law outlines in the publication are supported by thousands of case citations summarized in plain English." - from the publisher
- By Jack H. Friedenthal; Mary Kay Kane; Arthur R. Miller. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"Gain insight into the laws governing all of the major steps in the civil litigation process, starting with investigation and ending with post-appeal collateral attacks. This text covers the major themes underlying the governing legal standards and those basic issues that the case law and literature suggest to be the most pressing. References to federal practice and procedure are provided with a discussion on the burden of complex, multi-party litigation on the judicial system." - from the publisher
- By Philip Straniere. Published by Wiley. 2013.
The author provides real insight you can trust and use in small claims court. You will find everything you need to know in this guide whether you have an attorney or not. It will prepare you for your court date with the most current information and resources on specific laws, statutes, and procedures.
- By Janet Traken. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2009.
This comprehensive guide assists readers in understanding how to represent themselves well in traffic court.
- By Steven Goldberg. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 2nd edition.
"The First Trial Nutshell is a fresh and unique approach to advocacy instruction. Concentrating on the overall approach to trying a case, it weaves persuasion and procedure to help lawyers and law students prepare for their first trials with confidence. Addressing everything from technology to where to sit and what to say it meshes the practical advice and 'how to' instructions with sophisticated persuasive techniques. Small enough to be read in a single sitting, this book will serve as the perfect first primer and a continuing resource for experience litigators to read again before trial." - from Google Books
- By Paul Bergman. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th.
"Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell was one of the first works to analyze and illustrate discrete courtroom skills and techniques in the context of principles of persuasion. The Fifth Edition builds on that tradition with the concept of argument-centered narratives. Part 1 provides a concrete and detailed guide for developing credible stories that support advocates’ desired inferences. Part 2 analyzes and illustrates strategies, techniques and rules for presenting argument-centered narratives effectively during all phases of trial." - from the publisher
- By Kenney Hegland. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 4th.
Informative reference offers general trial and practice advice for students and practitioners.
- By Kenny F. Hegland. Published by Thomson West. 2005. 4th ed.
"Provides expert advice that will help strengthen your trial and practice skills. Problem solving, legal writing and argument, case planning, and closing arguments are covered in this text. Also offers guidance for improving your office skills, interviewing techniques, discovery, negotiation, and counseling skills." - from the publisher