Intro To Law For Paralegals


Now there is an introductory text for paralegals that covers the theory as well as the practical aspects of everyday legal practice. INTRODUCTION TO LAW FOR PARALEGALS presents a succinct and revealing examination of what paralegals do in legal practice and how they do it. Instructors will appreciate the skillful presentation of this exciting new text :-the first half of the book captures student attention by addressing practical applications, such as legal research, trials, and appellate issues; the second half ...

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Now there is an introductory text for paralegals that covers the theory as well as the practical aspects of everyday legal practice. INTRODUCTION TO LAW FOR PARALEGALS presents a succinct and revealing examination of what paralegals do in legal practice and how they do it. Instructors will appreciate the skillful presentation of this exciting new text :-the first half of the book captures student attention by addressing practical applications, such as legal research, trials, and appellate issues; the second half explores substantive legal issues ranging from personal injury and contracts to intellectual property-the clear, engaging writing highlights the positive aspects of the legal profession and communicates the author's enthusiasm for the legal field-the text emphasizes practical skill acquisition in conjunction with substantive legal issues-excellent end-of-chapter activities, such as chapter summaries, review questions, discussion questions, web references, ethics discussions, suggestions for further reading, sample documents, and -personality quizzes- that help students determine which area of the law is most appropriate for them, that hold student interest-shorter length and appropriate level of material make the text ideal for Associate's level paralegal courses-strong ancillary package includes an Instructor's Manual with sample syllabi for courses of different lengths; additional questions and practice exercises, and suggestions for designing online courses; a comprehensive test bank (also available on CD); and PowerPoint slides INTRODUCTION TO LAW FOR PARALEGALS is uniquely reader-friendly:-the author defines key terms and phrases on the spot-inset boxes explore important concepts-special chapter features such as \-Skills You Need in the Real World\- and 'Issues at a Glance' encapsulate important topics-numerous examples, figures, tables, and hypotheticals reinforce understanding and appeal to different student learning styles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735545946
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372

Table of Contents

Preface xxxi
Acknowledgments xxxv
I Introduction to Law 1
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Law 3
Chapter Learning Objectives 3
I Introduction 3
II What is the Law? 3
III Different Types of Law 7
IV Introduction to the Various Branches of Government 12
V Introduction to the Federal and State Court Systems 14
Introduction to Practical Skills 17
Chapter Summary 17
Ethics 17
Chapter Review Questions 18
Discussion Questions 18
Personality Quiz 19
Practical Applications 20
Web Sites 20
Terms and Phrases 20
Suggestions for Further Reading 21
Chapter 2 Researching the Law 23
Chapter Learning Objectives 23
I Introduction to Legal Research 23
II Reading Appellate Decisions 32
III Legal Writing 39
Skills: Quick and Dirty Research 40
Chapter Summary 40
Ethics 41
Chapter Review Questions 41
Discussion Questions 42
Personality Quiz 42
Practical Applications 43
Web Sites 43
Terms and Phrases 44
Chapter 3 The Participants in the Legal System 45
Chapter Learning Objectives 45
I Introduction 45
II Judges 45
III Attorneys 47
IV Paralegals 55
V Clients 57
VI Law Enforcement and Probation 58
VII Courthouse Personnel 59
Skills: Using Technology 61
Chapter Summary 61
Ethics 62
Chapter Review Questions 62
Discussion Questions 63
Personality Quiz 63
Practical Applications 64
Web Sites 64
Terms and Phrases 65
Chapter 4 Bringing a Legal Action 67
Chapter Learning Objectives 67
I Introduction to Bringing Legal Actions 67
II Comparing Civil Cases to Criminal Cases 67
III Evidence 70
IV Determining a Cause of Action 71
V Drafting a Complaint 73
VI Discovery 75
VII The Trial of a Civil Case 76
VIII Appeals in Civil Cases 77
IX Mediation and Arbitration 77
Skills: Organizing Discovery Materials 81
Chapter Summary 82
Ethics 83
Chapter Review Questions 83
Discussion Questions 84
Personality Quiz 84
Practical Applications 85
Web Sites 85
Terms and Phrases 86
Chapter 5 Ethics 87
Chapter Learning Objectives 87
I Introduction to Ethics 87
II Ethical Codes 87
III Sanctions for Violating Ethical Codes 89
IV The Most Common Types of Ethical Violations 91
V Paralegal Codes of Ethics 92
VI The Role of the Paralegal in Preventing Ethics Violations 93
VII Legal Malpractice 93
Skills: Researching Attorneys' Standing 100
Chapter Summary 101
Ethics 101
Chapter Review Questions 102
Discussion Questions 102
Personality Quiz 103
Practical Applications 103
Web Sites 104
Terms and Phrases 104
Chapter 6 Trials 105
Chapter Learning Objectives 105
I Introduction 105
II The Various Phases of a Trial 105
III Selecting a Jury 109
IV Opening Statements 112
V Beginning the Trial 112
VI Motions 115
VII The Defense Case 116
VIII Charge Conference 117
IX Closing Arguments 118
X Jury Charge 119
XI Jury Deliberation 119
XII Verdict 119
Skills: Becoming a Trial Paralegal 124
Chapter Summary 125
Ethics 126
Chapter Review Questions 127
Discussion Questions 127
Personality Quiz 128
Practical Applications 128
Web Sites 129
Terms and Phrases 129
Chapter 7 Appeals 131
Chapter Learning Objectives 131
I Introduction to Appeals 131
II Bringing the Appeal 131
III Appellate Jurisdiction 132
IV Briefs 134
V The Powers of the Appellate Courts 138
VI Organization of the Appellate Court System 140
VII The United States Supreme Court 142
Skills: Creating a Brief Bank 149
Chapter Summary 149
Ethics 150
Chapter Review Questions 150
Discussion Questions 151
Personality Quiz 151
Practical Applications 152
Web Sites 152
Terms and Phrases 153
II Specific Types of Law 155
Chapter 8 Personal Injury Law (Torts) 157
Chapter Learning Objectives 157
I Introduction to Tort Law 157
II Intentional Torts 158
III Negligence 161
IV Personal Injury Cases 164
V Product Liability 168
VI Introduction to Malpractice 170
Skills: Photographing and Videotaping Accident Scenes 174
Chapter Summary 175
Ethics 176
Chapter Review Questions 176
Discussion Questions 177
Personality Quiz 177
Practical Applications 178
Web Sites 178
Terms and Phrases 179
Chapter 9 Contracts and Business Law 181
Chapter Learning Objectives 181
I Introduction 181
II The Statute of Frauds 187
III What is the Uniform Commercial Code? 191
Skills: Deciphering Contract Clauses 194
Chapter Summary 195
Ethics 196
Chapter Review Questions 196
Discussion Questions 197
Personality Quiz 197
Practical Applications 198
Web Sites 198
Terms and Phrases 198
Chapter 10 Criminal Law 199
Chapter Learning Objectives 199
I Introduction to Criminal Law 199
II Arrest and Beginning the Prosecution 199
III Grand Jury 200
IV The Law of Principals and Accessories 203
V Crimes of Violence 204
VI Sex Crimes 205
VII Theft and Property Crimes 206
VIII Verdicts in Criminal Cases 209
IX Sentencing 212
X Appeals in Criminal Cases 213
Skills: Locating Criminal Convictions 216
Chapter Summary 216
Ethics 217
Chapter Review Questions 217
Discussion Questions 218
Personality Quiz 218
Practical Applications 219
Web Sites 219
Terms and Phrases 219
Chapter 11 Administrative Law 221
Chapter Learning Objectives 221
I Introduction to Administrative Law 221
II What is Administrative Law? 221
III Administrative Agencies 224
IV Administrative Hearings 229
V Specific Examples of Administrative Agencies 232
Skills: Representing Clients in Administrative Hearings 237
Chapter Summary 238
Ethics 240
Chapter Review Questions 240
Discussion Questions 241
Personality Quiz 241
Practical Applications 242
Web Sites 242
Terms and Phrases 243
Chapter 12 Real Property Law 245
Chapter Learning Objectives 245
I Introduction to Real Estate Law 245
II Real Property Versus Personal Property 245
III Mortgages 249
IV Ownership Interests in Real Property 251
V Transferring Title to Real Estate 253
VI Title Examinations 254
VII Deeds 254
VIII The Closing 256
IX Taxes 262
Skills: Title Examinations 266
Chapter Summary 266
Ethics 267
Chapter Review Questions 268
Discussion Questions 268
Personality Quiz 268
Practical Applications 269
Web Sites 269
Terms and Phrases 270
Chapter 13 Wills and Trusts 271
Chapter Learning Objectives 271
I Introduction 271
II Wills 271
III Intestacy Proceedings-When There is No Will 283
IV Trusts 285
Skills: Drafting Wills 289
Chapter Summary 289
Ethics 289
Chapter Review Questions 290
Discussion Questions 290
Personality Quiz 291
Practical Applications 291
Web Sites 292
Terms and Phrases 292
Chapter 14 Family Law 293
Chapter Learning Objectives 293
I Introduction 293
II Prenuptial Agreements 293
III Marriage 295
IV Annulment 300
V Divorce 301
VI Adoption 305
VII New Family Law Issues 307
Skills: Internet Investigations 314
Chapter Summary 315
Ethics 315
Chapter Review Questions 316
Discussion Questions 317
Personality Quiz 317
Practical Applications 318
Web Sites 318
Terms and Phrases 318
Chapter 15 Intellectual Property 319
Chapter Learning Objectives 319
I Introduction to Intellectual Property 319
II Copyright 319
III Trademarks 329
IV Patents 334
Skills: Researching Trademarks 337
Chapter Summary 337
Ethics 338
Chapter Review Questions 339
Discussion Questions 339
Personality Quiz 340
Practical Applications 341
Web Sites 341
Terms and Phrases 341
The United States Constitution 343
Amendments to the Constitution 355
Glossary 363
Index 369
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