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Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals takes students on a step-by-step journey through the intricacies of researching legal issues and creating legal documents. The focus is on critical areas paralegals deal with daily: what law is and how to find it, what role the Internet plays in legal research, how to incorporate legal research into writing, and how to create an array of legal documents. Ethics are integral to the practice of law, and each chapter addresses issues particularly relevant to paralegals. The many practical assignments throughout and at the end of each chapter allow students to put into practice what they are learning about research and writing. The pedagogy of the book focuses on three main goals:
Pamela R. Tepper is general counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Ms. Tepper worked in the Virgin Islands’ Department of Justice as the Deputy Solicitor General, managing government contracts for the Territory and special projects. She has taught paralegal studies at Southeastern Paralegal Institute, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas, Arlington campus. She continues her teaching at the University of the Virgin Islands, where she teaches Legal Research and Writing in the certificate and associates degree programs. Basic Legal Writing, 2d edition, is one of a number of books written by Ms. Tepper, which include Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code, Texas Legal Research, and Basic Legal Research and Writing. Ms. Tepper graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. and New England School of Law with a J.D. She is licensed to practice in Texas and the Virgin Islands.
Neal R. Bevans, J.D. is a former Assistant District Attorney and private attorney. A veteran of over 150 trials, Bevans has tried every major felony from rape, murder, and narcotics to armed robbery. One of his cases was televised nationally on Court TV. He has had extensive civil litigation experience while working as an insurance defense attorney. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia (Order of the Barrister) and has been a college instructor for more than ten years. A multiple-year honoree in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, Bevans is the author of numerous magazine articles and textbooks, including Civil Law and Litigation for Paralegals.
PART ONE: MASTERING THE LAWChapter 1: The American Legal System: Navigating through the ProcessChapter 2: The Sources of the Law: What’s in a Law LibraryChapter 3: Case Law and Reporters: Finding Judges’ OpinionsChapter 4: Understanding and Briefing of Case DecisionsChapter 5: Researching Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Rules and RegulationsPART TWO: FINDING AND UPDATING TOOLSChapter 6: Legal Research Finding Tools: The Traditions and New TrendsChapter 7: Updating the Law: Shepard’s Citations and KeyCitePART THREE: PLANNING A RESEARCH PROJECTChapter 8: Online Search Techniques: Learning the MethodsChapter 9: Internet Sources of the Law: Searching for ReliabilityChapter 10: Roadmap for Legal Research: A Guided PlanPART FOUR: LEGAL WRITING BASICSChapter 11: Introduction to Legal WritingChapter 12: The Mechanics of ConstructionChapter 13: Effective and Persuasive Legal WritingChapter 14: Citations in Legal WritingPART FIVE: PRACTICAL WRITING APPLICATIONSChapter 15: The Basics of Legal CorrespondenceChapter 16: The Internal Office MemorandumChapter 17: Court Documents: Pleadings, Discovery, and MotionsPART SIX: PERSUASIVE WRITINGChapter 18: The Memorandum of Law to the Trial CourtChapter 19: The Appellate BriefGlossaryIndex