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JD Books & Resources for JFK School of Law

This guide contains required and recommended materials and resources for each course in the JD program of the JFK School of Law

Required Textbooks

2 Textbooks: - Both links located within your course - which will direct you to Casebook Connect 

Textbook 1:  Evidence: Cases, Commentary, and Problems, 5th Edition (2020) Sklansky, D. Casebook Connect – access through course by going to “Content > Course Information > Course Resources” .

Textbook 2: Federal & California Evidence Rules (2020- 2021 Edition) Leach, T., & Uhrig, E. Casebook Connect – access through course by going to “Content > Course Information > Course Resources”

What is Evidence?

Evidence: All the means legally presented at trial to persuade the court or jury as to the truth of a matter in question. Evidence includes testimony by witnesses, records, photographs, and exhibits. Although 'evidence' and 'proof' are used interchangeably, there is a distinction between the terms: 'Evidence' is the means by which the truth or falsity of a matter is established, and 'proof' is the result of evidence, although not all evidence establishes proof.

—Gilbert Pocket Size Law Dictionary 3d

Recommended Resources

Each of the following recommendations are available on your West Study Aids Subscription. Click on each to be redirected to the resource on West Study Aids. 


1. Sum and Substance Audio on Evidence

2. Principles of Evidence

3. Law School Legends Audio on Evidence 

4. Gilbert Law Summaries on Evidence

5. Black Letter Outline on Evidence

6. Principles of California and Federal Evidence, A Student's Guide to the Course and Bar

7. A Short & Happy Guide to Evidence