Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, Sixth Edition / Edition 6

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Focusing on the issues that paralegals face on the job, Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals presents an organized and practical introduction to legal research and writing. The carefully updated Sixth Edition takes a close look at new products and developments in electronic research while continuing to build on the strength of its pedagogy. A comprehensive overview enriched by illustrations and exercises, this text features:
• an approach that integrates writing strategies into research chapters to show the link between these two processes
• thorough coverage of electronic research, with a chapter on Internet research and fee-based services, such as Lexis and Westlaw
• pointers throughout for using electronic resources more effectively
• helpful charts and diagrams that clearly illustrate complex topics
• Practice Tips in each chapter that offer realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success
• State Your Answer exercises that help students learn how to navigate through cyberspace
• Internet Assignmentswhich can be made state-specific;that give students practice finding information on-line
• step-by-step guidance for proper citation formkeyed to the fourth edition of ALWD and the new 19th edition of The Bluebook
• directions for how to update and validate legal authorities
• samples of legal writing, such as letters, a court brief, and a legal memorandum Updated throughout, the new Sixth Edition gives you more:
• expanded coverage of electronic research
• how to use "Google Scholar" to locate cases
• how to access government documents from GPO Access to FDsys
• the new features from Westlaw and Lexis, including WestlawNext, the new "intuitive platform" the new Easy Search feature, and Case in Brief
• Fastcase, the fee-based, computer-assisted system, its free "app" for iPhones, and other law-related apps
• a new assignment that uses Loislaw
• a new assignment that compares Shepardize and KeyCite
• new sample pages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735598652
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 5/5/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 798
  • Sales rank: 544,058
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I. Legal Research: Primary Authorities

Chapter 1. Finding the Law

Chapter 2. The Federal and State Court Systems

Chapter 3. Statutory Law

Chapter 4. Case Law and Judicial Opinions

Chapter 5. The Use of Digests, Annotated Law Reports, and Words and Phrases

Section II. Legal Research: Secondary Authorities and Other Research Aids

Chapter 6. Encyclopedias, Periodicals, Treatises, and Restatements

Chapter 7. Miscellaneous Secondary Authorities

Chapter 8. Legal Citation Form

Chapter 9. Updating and Validating Your Research

Chapter 10. Special Research Issues

Chapter 11. New Technology in Legal Research

Chapter 12. Legal Research Using the Internet

Chapter 13. Overview of the Research Process

Section III. Legal Writing

Chapter 14. Back to Basics

Chapter 15. Strategies for Effective Writing

Chapter 16. Legal Correspondence

Chapter 17. Legal Memoranda

Chapter 18. Legal Briefs

Chapter 19. Postwriting Steps

Appendices Appendix A. Sample Legal Memorandum

Appendix B. Sample Brief for Court Appendix C. Sample Appellate Brief

Appendix D. Sample Table of Authorities

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