Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law / Edition 13

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Excellent for anyone searching for information in a real or virtual law library (including paralegals, law students, legal assistants and journalists), Legal Research outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results.

In plain, readable English, Attorneys Elias and Levinkind explain, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to:
*read and understand statues, regulations and cases
*evaluate cases for their value as precedent
*use all the basic tools of legal research
*practice what you've learned with "hands-on, feet-in" library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems and solutions

This easy-to-use and understand book, now in its 13th edition, has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs.

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Editorial Reviews

Legal Research Quarterly
This book has a valid and honored place on the shelves of both novice and practiced legal researchers.
Legal Research Quarterly
"This book has a valid and honored place on the shelves of both novice and practiced legal researchers."
Legal Research Quarterly
This book has a valid and honored place on the shelves of both novice and practiced legal researchers.
Library Journal
Getting around the law library can be easy—if you just know where to look—and Legal Research is the place to begin.
Midwest Book Review
"A no-nonsense guide for lay readers and legal professionals alike."
Robert C. Berring
This book remains the best single the mysterious world of legal research.
Law Librarian, University of California, Berkeley
From understanding how to locate legal information in a law library to locating Internet answers, writing a legal memorandum, and homing research skill, Legal Research is a find basic guide any library should be pleased to have.
Legal Research Quarterly
This book has a valid and honored place on the shelves of both novice and practiced legal researchers.
Midwest Book Review
A no-nonsense guide for lay readers and legal professionals alike.
South Florida Sun-Sentinal
[A] really handy legal resource is Legal Research.... It's another Nolo book and gives a good overview for someone who wants to investigate the law in general.
UCLA School of Law
The simplest, most concise and articulate description of the legal research process available. Legal Research does a great job of cutting to the chase.
— Tom Holm
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413303957
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Legal Research Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as current President of National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, most recently The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You? Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He is also one of the original authors/designers of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and was a practicing attorney in California, New York and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more.

Susan Levinkind graduated first in her class from Western New England College of Law in 1979. She practiced general law in Northhampton, Massachusetts until 1989 when she moved to California. Since then, she has worked as a law librarian at California Rural Legal Assistance and the Santa Clara County Superior Court, as well as instructing paralegal students in legal research. Co-author of Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law, Levinkind lives in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

1. How to Use This Book
2. An Overview of Legal Research
3. An Overview of the Law
4. Putting Your Questions Into Legal Categories
5. Getting Some Background Information
6. Constitutions, Statutes, Regulations and Ordinances
7. Understanding Case Law
8. How Cases Are Published
9. Finding Cases
10. Shepard's, Digests and the Internet: Expand and Update Your Research
11. How to Write a Legal Memorandum
12. The Legal Research Method: Examples
13. Legal Research Online

A. Research Hypotheticals
B. Research Hypotheticals and Memoranda
C. Glossary of Legal Terms

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