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Trial Advocacy Research Guide: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

This guide provides information about and links to the most popular and most cited sources for trial advocacy. Topics include opening/closing arguments, pre-trial procedure, trial evidence, examination of witnesses, and jury selection.

About Opening Statements and Closing Arguments

The following titles are dedicated to that aspect of trial practice that involves addressing the jury.  Be aware that there are many fine sample opening statements and closing arguments located in some of the treatises on trial practice and, in particular, in American Jurisprudence Trials.  For books on oral communication generally, see the page titled "effective oratory." These titles are listed in alphabetical order.


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