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Overview

This text covers basic legal concepts, court structure, criminal justice system, legal ethics, legal research, legislation, and major areas of substantive law such as torts, contracts, real property, and wills and probate. A comprehensive description of the complex American legal system, "Even the complete novice can grasp the basic ideas," says Legal Information Alert. The book includes highlighted terms-to-know and a 33-page glossary. It is an important study guide for NALA's CLA exam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929563725
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Enika H. Schulze, publisher, former president and managing editor of Legal Assistant Today; former court administrator for U.S. District Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham. B.A. in letters, University of Oklahoma. (Phi Beta Kappa) M.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1976.

P. Michael Jung, attorney at Strasburger & Price, Dallas; former law clerk to U.S. District Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham. S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. J.D., Harvard Law School, 1979.

Rebecca P. Adams, retired, formerly attorney at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, Dallas, former law clerk to U.S. District Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham. A.B. in English, cum laude, Princeton University. (Phi Beta Kappa) J.D., University of Texas Law School, 1978. (Order of the Coif)

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the American legal system for the student, beginning paralegal, or anyone else new to the legal system. The book explains basic legal concepts in a concise, easy-to-grasp way not readily available in current literature. Important concepts are highlighted for ease of comprehension.

This edition includes updates to every chapter, including the important and increasing role of alternative dispute resolution in the American legal system, found at the end of Chapter Three. Discussion of various concepts has been expanded, and new sections have been added to broaden student understanding of the principles underlying our system of justice. More terms have been added to the Glossary, and many existing definitions have been expanded. Finally, the entire book has been carefully edited to render it even more readable than prior editions. This includes' the addition of more headings to better identify and subdivide the topics covered by the text.

Introduction to the American Legal System provides a general overview of the structure of the legal system, the criminal justice system, and the federal courts. It includes an extensive glossary as well as specific concepts and examples in the substantive areas of:

  • torts
  • contracts
  • real property
  • wills and intestate succession
  • legislation.

A chapter on legal research is included to orient the novice on issues of the law, legal material, and techniques of legal research. The United States Constitution—the primary source of U.S. law—can be found in Appendix A.

Introduction to the American Legal System is also a popular study guide for thecertificate examinations offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants and the PACE exam offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

Susan R. Patterson
Editor

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Table of Contents



1. General Introduction to the Legal System.


2. The Criminal Justice System.


3. Substantive Civil Law.


4. Legal Ethics.


5. Legal Research.


6. Federal Courts.


7. Conclusion.


Glossary.


Appendix. Constitution of the United States.


Index.

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Preface

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the American legal system for the student, beginning paralegal, or anyone else new to the legal system. The book explains basic legal concepts in a concise, easy-to-grasp way not readily available in current literature. Important concepts are highlighted for ease of comprehension.

This edition includes updates to every chapter, including the important and increasing role of alternative dispute resolution in the American legal system, found at the end of Chapter Three. Discussion of various concepts has been expanded, and new sections have been added to broaden student understanding of the principles underlying our system of justice. More terms have been added to the Glossary, and many existing definitions have been expanded. Finally, the entire book has been carefully edited to render it even more readable than prior editions. This includes' the addition of more headings to better identify and subdivide the topics covered by the text.

Introduction to the American Legal System provides a general overview of the structure of the legal system, the criminal justice system, and the federal courts. It includes an extensive glossary as well as specific concepts and examples in the substantive areas of:

  • torts
  • contracts
  • real property
  • wills and intestate succession
  • legislation.

A chapter on legal research is included to orient the novice on issues of the law, legal material, and techniques of legal research. The United States Constitution—the primary source of U.S. law—can be found in Appendix A.

Introduction to the American Legal System is also a popularstudy guide for the certificate examinations offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants and the PACE exam offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

Susan R. Patterson
Editor

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