If you are considering being a trialawyer, you need to know:

Books:             Adela Rogers St. John, Final Verdict (it is out of print, but it is the single best                                            trialawyer book ever written)

                         Francis L. Wellman, The Art of Cross-Examination

                        Thomas Thompson, Blood and Money

                        John Barth, The Floating Opera

                        Melvin Belli, Modern Trials (just be familiar with the concepts)

                        David Boies, Courting Justice

                        Herman Melville, Billy Budd

Movies:           Witness for the Prosecution (1957), the Billy Wilder/Charles Laughton version

                        Anatomy of a Murder (1959), the book is good, too

                        Inherit the Wind (1960), the Stanley Kramer/Spencer Tracey version

                        The Lawyer (1970), the Barry Newman movie

                        The Caine Mutiny (1954)

                        12 Angry Men (1957), the Sidney Lumet/Henry Fonda version

                        Compulsion(1959), the Orson Welles version

                        The Paper Chase (1973), but only about the first 40 minutes or so

                        Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)

                        To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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