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Introduction to Paralegal Studies: A Critical Thinking Approach introduces paralegal students to the law and legal concepts while providing them with practical information about what paralegals actually do in the legal system. Now in its fourth edition, this text continues to deliver a comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts typically covered in introduction to paralegal studies or introduction to law courses.
Qualities that make this text an excellent teaching tool include:
• Critical thinking approach used to introduce students to the study of law, encouraging them to interact with the materials through hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions.
• Teaches students the basic skills necessary to understand statutes and court cases.
• Strong pedagogy includes ethics alerts, marginal definitions, Internet references, and legal reasoning exercises throughout the book.
• Well-organized, accessible format
• Excellent ancillary package, with a comprehensive Instructor's Manual, in-depth test bank, and PowerPoint slides.
The Fourth Edition is enriched by:
• New developments are incorporated throughout this edition.
• Updated ethics materials.
• New and updated assignments
For in-depth coverage of the legal system, the law and the analysis of it, and the role of the paralegal within the system, choose Introduction to Paralegal Studies: A Critical Thinking Approach.
*Instructor's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Wolter's Kluwer Law & Business at 800.529.7545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary of Contents
Part I: Paralegals and the American Legal System
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Study of Law and the Paralegal Profession
Chapter 2. Paralegals and the Legal System
Chapter 3. Functions and Sources of Law
Chapter 4. Classification of the Law
Chapter 5. Structure of the Court System
Chapter 6. Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
Part II: Substance of the Law
Chapter 7. Torts
Chapter 8. Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
Chapter 9. Property and Specialized Practice Areas
Chapter 10. Criminal Law and Procedure
Chapter 11. Legal Ethics
Part III: Legal Analysis and Research
Chapter 12. Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
Chapter 13. Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
Chapter 14. Finding the Law
Chapter 15. Applying the Law
Part IV: Paralegals and the Work World
Chapter 16. Interviewing
Chapter 17. Evidence and Investigations
Chapter 18. Computers and Case management
Appendix A. Excerpts from the United States Constitution
Appendix B. Ethical Codes
Appendix C. Fundamentals of Good Writing
Appendix D. NetNotes
Table of Cases