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Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals / Edition 1
     

Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals / Edition 1

by Pamela Tepper, Neal Bevans, Tepper Pamela
 

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ISBN-10: 007352462X

ISBN-13: 9780073524627

Pub. Date: 05/22/2008

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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

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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:

  • Learning outcomes (critical thinking, vocabulary building, skill development, issues analysis, writing practice)
  • Relevance of topics without sacrificing theory (ethical challenges, current law practices, technology application)
  • Practical application (real-world exercises, practical advice, portfolio creation)

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  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780073524627
    Publisher:
    McGraw-Hill Education
    Publication date:
    05/22/2008
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    688
    Sales rank:
    386,661
    Product dimensions:
    8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.20(d)

    Table of Contents

    PART ONE: MASTERING THE LAW
    Chapter 1: The American Legal System: Navigating through the Process
    Chapter 2: The Sources of the Law: What’s in a Law Library
    Chapter 3: Case Law and Reporters: Finding Judges’ Opinions
    Chapter 4: Understanding and Briefing of Case Decisions
    Chapter 5: Researching Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Rules and Regulations
    PART TWO: FINDING AND UPDATING TOOLS
    Chapter 6: Legal Research Finding Tools: The Traditions and New Trends
    Chapter 7: Updating the Law: Shepard’s Citations and KeyCite
    PART THREE: PLANNING A RESEARCH PROJECT
    Chapter 8: Online Search Techniques: Learning the Methods
    Chapter 9: Internet Sources of the Law: Searching for Reliability
    Chapter 10: Roadmap for Legal Research: A Guided Plan
    PART FOUR: LEGAL WRITING BASICS
    Chapter 11: Introduction to Legal Writing
    Chapter 12: The Mechanics of Construction
    Chapter 13: Effective and Persuasive Legal Writing
    Chapter 14: Citations in Legal Writing
    PART FIVE: PRACTICAL WRITING APPLICATIONS
    Chapter 15: The Basics of Legal Correspondence
    Chapter 16: The Internal Office Memorandum
    Chapter 17: Court Documents: Pleadings, Discovery, and Motions
    PART SIX: PERSUASIVE WRITING
    Chapter 18: The Memorandum of Law to the Trial Court
    Chapter 19: The Appellate Brief
    Glossary
    Index

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