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CALS Asylum Case Research Guide

How to research asylum cases and track human rights conditions by country.

Interviewing, Counseling, Fact Investigation and Other Practice Skills

There are many fine books on legal skills and only those most relevant to our work are listed here. Although some of these titles are old, they are considered classics on this topic.

  • Robert M. Bastress and Joseph D. Harbaugh, Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiating Williams KF311 .B37 1990
    This book is used in a large number of law school courses on these subjects, throughout the country.
  • Gary Bellow and Bea Moulton, The Lawyering Process Williams KF282 .B4 1978
    Probably the greatest book ever written on how to do the things lawyers do (followed by hundreds of questions about whether they make sense, and whether they are ethical). Fine chapters on interviewing, case planning, fact gathering, counseling, and other aspects of practicing law.
  • David A. Binder, Lawyers as Counselors: A Client-Centered Approach Williams KF311 .B52 2012
    This is one of the leading book on legal interviewing and counseling. It seeks to present a model in which lawyers let clients do more of the leading than many lawyers typically permit.
  • David A. Binder and Paul Bergman, Fact Investigation : From Hypothesis to Proof Williams KF8935 .B5 1984
    A model (complete with many charts) of how to think about and organize the search for facts in order to win a case.
  • Steven Lubet, Modern Trial Advocacy : Analysis and Practice 3rd edition) Williams KF8915 .L82 2010
    This book, published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, stresses the importance of theory and analysis in the trial process. Rather than providing "recipes" for the various parts of a trial, this book emphasizes the many ways to think about the delivery of argument, the presentation of evidence, and the development of ideas at trial.
  • Thomas A. Mauet, Trial Techniques Williams KF8915 .M38 2013 (Reading Room Reserve)
    A leading book on how to present a case in court. It includes formulas for meeting all possible evidentiary objections, many of which are not necessary in asylum cases. On the other hand, it also has plenty of good advice on how to present a persuasive case through witness testimony and how to use cross-examination effectively.
  • Peter Murray,Basic Trial Advocacy Williams KF8915 .Z9 M87 1995
    This book systematically examines the rationales underlying the various trial techniques, in order to teach law students to understand why trial lawyers do what they do and design their presentations based on this knowledge, rather than copy standard practices. It is focused on the presentation process during the trial itself, and emphasizes the centrality of ethical decision-making in trial practice.