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Bridge to Practice Series

Titles in the Bridge to Practice Series™ help students to hit the ground running when they graduate. The books contain sets of simulations, covering a wide array of issues, that give students the opportunity to learn essential lawyering skills. These simulations put students in roles of counselor, oral advocate, and legal writer. Edited by Mike Vitiello (author of the Criminal Procedure and Civil Procedure titles), these books bring legal doctrine to life. Subjects coming soon include Evidence, Property and Torts.

Learn more about this series in this video.

▼  Civil Procedure Simulations
▼  Criminal Procedure Simulations
▼  Evidence Simulations
▼  Property Law Simulations
▼  Antitrust Simulations
▼  Contracts Simulations


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 CIVIL PROCEDURE SIMULATIONS (2012)
by: Michael Vitiello

More than most legal educators, Civil Procedure professors recognize the need to teach their students how arcane legal rules apply to real human problems. This book is designed to help students to do just that. It consists of a human drama, the fear faced by a young lawyer, accused (perhaps falsely) of possessing child pornography. If the aggressive Internet journalist publishes his article revealing her secret, she will be destroyed. Can the Plaintiff's lawyer save her? Can the Defendant's lawyer protect important First Amendment rights? This book puts students in the role of counselors and introduces them to issues surrounding pleading, motions involving personal and subject matter jurisdiction, discovery, summary judgment and more. The Teacher's Manual explains how professors adopting this book can integrate it into their Civil Procedure class and how to give students the chance to begin practicing law on their first day of law school.

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 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE SIMULATIONS (2012)
by: Michael Vitiello

This book consists of nine simulations covering a wide array of issues that arise under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, and that are taught in the basic criminal procedure course. The book gives students the opportunity to learn essential lawyering skills by putting them in the roles of counselor, trial and oral advocate, and legal writer. Some of the chapters include role summaries and require students to present testimony before the trial court hearing the defendant's motion to suppress evidence. Others consist of transcripts of hearings and require students to present arguments to the court. Written by an experienced educator and expert in criminal procedure, the teacher's manual describes how these exercises can be successfully integrated into a traditional "podium course".

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 EVIDENCE SIMULATIONS (2013)
by: Fred Galves, Edward J. Imwinkelried, and Thomas J. Leach

This volume in the “Bridge to Practice” series is designed to help students hit the ground running when they graduate, focusing on the trial context – how to handle evidentiary issues in the heat of battle. In ten chapters it takes the class through each of the major areas of Evidence law, using simulated trial settings, pre-trial arguments, and trial-planning evidentiary analysis. The exercises are based on two simple, easy-to-grasp case scenarios (one civil, one criminal). In some exercises the students play all the roles; in others they watch video’d trial segments “cold” and are required to react with objections and arguments in support of or in opposition to offered evidence. Each exercise is preceded by a set of “points to remember” to equip beginning students with the trial advocacy skills they need to handle a simulated trial setting. A final exercise combines all areas into one summary wrap-up useful for a session on overall course review. The Teacher’s Manual describes how these exercises can be successfully integrated into a traditional “podium” course, with tips on room set-up; role assignments, and effective methods of feedback. An alternative version of the book contains expanded versions of the case files for use in a course in which Evidence and Trial Advocacy are to be taught simultaneously.

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 PROPERTY LAW SIMULATIONS (2013)
by: John G. Sprankling

This book provides professors with twelve simulation exercises covering the topics most commonly taught in Property: adverse possession; gifts; estates and future interests; cotenancies; marital property; landlord-tenant law; real property sales; easements; covenants; nuisance law; eminent domain; and regulatory takings. Each exercise is based on a case file containing realistic legal documents which an attorney practicing property law would encounter. The book emphasizes the core skills of negotiation and advocacy. Seven exercises provide basic instruction in negotiation techniques, focusing on teaching students how to use substantive law to enhance their bargaining positions. In three of the advocacy exercises, students make closing arguments in a court trial; the other two advocacy exercises allow students to participate in a complete, one-hour jury trial. The comprehensive teacher’s manual provides guidance for professors on: (a) how to use the exercises without reducing course coverage; (b) the substantive issues involved in each exercise; and (c) time-efficient methods for assessing student performance.

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ANTITRUST SIMULATIONS (2014)
by: Steven J. Cernak

In practice, abstract antitrust concepts must be applied to specific factual settings. In practice, those facts don't arrive pre-packaged as they do in opinions and casebooks. Cernak's Antitrust Simulations: Bridge to Practice provides true-to-life documents and other sources from facts from real-world antitrust matters in all the important substantive areas. Short summaries of the law provide a base for students and enough material for traditional Socratic method teaching. The Teacher's Manual provides background on the matters and suggestions for class use in both counseling and advocacy settings, including client meetings, compliance presentations, and meetings with opposing counsel. The result is a book that can be used to teach students the law and how it is practiced in the real world.

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CONTRACTS SIMULATIONS (2014)
by: Michael P Malloy, Deborah R. Gerhardt

This book brings contract law to life through contemporary problems to help students build a skill set they can use in practice. In the real world of practice, abstract contract principles are applied to specific factual settings. Facts don't arrive pre-digested and regurgitated for baby birds or law associates. This book pickpockets life for real-world documents and contemporary situations to help students learn how contract law works in practice. Concise discussion of the law accompanying each problem provides a base for students and enough material for traditional Socratic method teaching. Imperfect but real contracts will give students the chance to see how client counseling, fact gathering and careful crafting of contract language can help clients avoid disputes. Stories from art, sports and internet games make the contract concepts vivid and memorable to facilitate student engagement and productive classroom discussion. The Teacher's Manual provides additional background and suggestions for class use in drafting exercises, counseling and advocacy settings, client meetings, compliance presentations and negotiating with opposing counsel.

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