Introduction To Law for Paralegals, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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A comprehensive and accessible text, specifically written for paralegal students, Introduction to Law for Paralegals provides an in-depth introduction to the key concepts in the American legal system, research and analysis of legal material, as well as legal ethics and substantive law. Supported by strong pedagogy and a critical-thinking approach to edited cases, the material is engaging, well-written and highly teachable.

The Fifth Edition has been updated to reflect new cases and changes in statutory law, with new reasoning exercises to challenge and engage students. Updated Internet references and Web-based exercises are also included. The rich Appendix now includes the full text of the U.S. Constitution.


Comprehensive, accessible overview of all key concepts covered in an introduction to law course.
Highly teachable style, with detailed Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank and PowerPoints.
In-depth coverage written specifically for paralegal students, including:

• The role of the paralegal.
• Sources and classification of law.
• Structure of the court system.
• Overview of litigation
• Basics of legal analysis, research, and writing.
• Legal ethics and substantive law.

Critical-thinking approach introduces students to the study of law.
Use of edited cases to teach students how to read and analyze the law.
Engaging hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions.
• Material presented in organized and well-written format.
Strong pedagogy throughout includes:

• Ethic alerts.
• Marginal definitions.
• Internet references.
• Legal reasoning exercises.

Appendices on good writing, citation form, ethical codes and Net notes.

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition includes:

Streamlined presentation.
New cases and changes in statutory law.
New Web-based exercises.
Updated Internet references throughout.
New legal reasoning exercises reflecting current cases.
Complete U.S. Constitution as an appendix.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735598751
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 7/29/2011
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 807
  • Sales rank: 178,794
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The American Legal System

Chapter 1. Introduction to the Study of Law

Chapter 2. The Role of the Paralegal

Chapter 3. Sources of the Law

Chapter 4. Classification of the Law

Chapter 5. Structure of the Court System

Chapter 6. Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives

Part II. Finding and Analyzing the Law

Chapter 7. Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law

Chapter 8. Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions

Chapter 9. Finding the Law

Chapter 10. Applying the Law

Part III. Legal Ethics and Substantive Law

Chapter 11. Legal Ethics

Chapter 12. Torts

Chapter 13. Contract Law

Chapter 14. Property and Estate Law

Chapter 15. Laws Affecting Business

Chapter 16. Family Law

Chapter 17. Criminal Law and Procedure

Appendix A. The United States Constitution

Appendix B. Fundamentals of Good Writing

Appendix C. The Basics of Citation Form

Appendix D. Ethical Codes

Appendix E. Net Notes

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