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Learn to conduct legal research without wasting time or duplicating effort! This one-of-a-kind text covers every phase of the legal research process and includes examples, illustrations, and assignments based on real-life cases. Practical information in every chapter shows you how to identify key facts and issues in a case, how to conduct statutory and case law research and analysis, as well as how to brief cases, research secondary authority, conduct electronic legal research and counteranalysis, and cite authority. Designed to help you develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of legal research, the book guides you through each step in the research process, including how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. You'll also find extensive coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format, and case law analysis.

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"The examples give great practical demonstrations of the core legal concepts of legal research."

"The Application section of each chapter is invaluable. After reading the chapter material, students then see how it is applied to a hypothetical case. Legal resources can be fairly dry material. Using a case hypothetical breathes new life into the material and allows students to understand not only the what, but the how of legal research. In a very practical manner, the application sections walk students through the steps necessary to apply the concepts they are learning. Once they've seen how it's done, I feel students have a much easier time making the transition to real-world research problems."

"Extensive use of examples. The text material is usually followed by excellent examples of the concepts just discussed. I urge my students to pay close attention to these examples as they signal to students certain concepts and also familiarize them with legal writing in general. These examples of legal concepts and procedures are clear, and many texts suffer in comparison."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781285439938
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 421
  • Sales rank: 494,021
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Putman was an instructor in the Legal Assistant Studies Program at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the Paralegal Studies Program at Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1975.

Jennifer Albright was the Director of the Paralegal Studies and Judicial Studies programs at Central New Mexico Community College for six years. She was a full-time instructor in both programs for nine years. She is currently an adjunct faculty in Legal Assistant Studies at Phoenix College and pursuing her LL.M. at Arizona State University. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law and has been a member of the New Mexico Bar since 1999.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Legal Principles and Authorities and the Research Process. 2. The Role of Key Terms and Key Facts in Legal Research. 3. Issue Identification—Spotting the Issue. 4. Constitutions, Statutes, Administrative Law, and Court Rules—Research and Analysis. 5. Case Law—Research and Briefing. 6. Case Law Analysis—Is a Case on Point? 7. Secondary Authority and Other Research Sources—Encyclopedias, Treatises, American Law Reports, Digests. 8. Secondary Authority—Periodicals, Restatements, Uniform Laws, Dictionaries, Legislative History, and Other Secondary Authorities. 9. Research with Citators. 10. Electronic Legal Research. 11. Counteranalysis. 12. The Research Process for Effective Legal Research. APPENDIX A: Legal Research Memorandum. APPENDIX B: Research Source Chart. APPENDIX C: Court Opinions Referred to in the Text. Glossary. Index.

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