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Structured into short, easily digested chapters; clear, concise explanations of the law; and easy-to-understand definitions, this book introduces over 1,375 legal terms. Written in a lively, nonthreatening style, this book emphasizes an understanding of legal terminology through a study of the law by presenting legal terms within the context of laws in which they are used. It provides a number of aids for the reader, such as a Glossary of Latin Terms and Phrases (with pronunciation) inside the front and back covers as well as sample legal forms, legal documents, maps, and cartoons. The third edition of Legal Terminology has been revised to include expanded and improved coverage, adding more than 225 legal terms since the previous edition. A new feature, Constitutionally Wise, highlights commonly used terms relating to the U.S. Constitution. It now also includes a Glossary of Legal Terms. An essential reference book for any reader who needs a greater understanding of current legal terminology and its usage.
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A lively, relatively painless way to learn legal terminology, featuring study questions, true-false quizes, matching exercises, fill-in-the-blank stories, and crossword puzzles, plus boxes on word origins and b&w cartoons. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of legal terms through the study of law itself. Exercises are in worksheet form. This third edition adds 225 terms, boxes highlighting terms related to the Constitution, and a comprehensive glossary. Also includes a glossary of Latin terms and phrases. Flashcards and an instructor's manual are available. Spiral wire binding. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
In each chapter a list of terms is followed by a short text about the law (with definitions of terms) and a sequence of exercises--true/false, multiple choice, matching, crossword puzzle. Spiral bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130155986
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 479
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 11.88 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Terms Used in Criminal Law 1
Ch. 1 Crimes, Accomplices, and Defenses 2
Ch. 2 Larceny and Embezzlement 12
Ch. 3 Crimes Against the Person 21
Ch. 4 Homicide 30
Ch. 5 Burglary, Arson, Receipt of Stolen Goods, and Forgery 39
Ch. 6 Crimes Against Morality and Drug Abuse 48
Pt. II Terms Used in Law of Torts 57
Ch. 7 Torts and Tortfeasors 58
Ch. 8 Intentional Torts 67
Ch. 9 Negligence and Product Liability 77
Pt. III Terms Used in Law of Contracts 87
Ch. 10 Formation of Contracts 88
Ch. 11 Contract Requirements 96
Ch. 12 Third Parties and Discharge of Contracts 104
Pt. IV Terms Used in Law of Personal Property and Agency 113
Ch. 13 Personal Property and Bailments 114
Ch. 14 Intellectual Property 124
Ch. 15 Law of Agency 132
Pt. V Terms Used in Practice and Procedure 141
Ch. 16 Beginning a Court Action 142
Ch. 17 Service of Process and Attachments 154
Ch. 18 Defensive Pleadings 162
Ch. 19 Methods of Discovery 172
Ch. 20 Pretrial Hearing and Jury Trial 182
Ch. 21 Steps in a Trial 191
Pt. VI Terms Used in Law of Wills and Estates 203
Ch. 22 Wills, Testaments, and Advance Directives 204
Ch. 23 Revocation, Lapses, and Ademption 214
Ch. 24 Principal Clauses in a Will 223
Ch. 25 Disinheritance and Intestacy 232
Ch. 26 Personal Representative of the Estate 242
Ch. 27 Settling an Estate 250
Ch. 28 Trusts 258
Pt. VII Terms Used in Law of Real Property 269
Ch. 29 Estates in Real Property 270
Ch. 30 Co-Ownership and Multi-Ownership of Real Property 278
Ch. 31 Acquiring Title to Real Property 288
Ch. 32 Deeds 297
Ch. 33 Mortgages 306
Ch. 34 Recording System 315
Ch. 35 Airspace and Water Rights 325
Ch. 36 Easements, Restrictions, and Zoning Regulations 334
Ch. 37 Landlord and Tenant 342
Pt. VIII Terms Used in Family Law 351
Ch. 38 Marriage, Divorce, and Dissolution of Marriage 352
Ch. 39 Divorce Procedure 363
Pt. IX Terms Used in Law of Negotiable Instruments 373
Ch. 40 Negotiable Instruments 374
Pt. X Terms Used in Business Organization and Bankruptcy 383
Ch. 41 Business Organization 384
Ch. 42 The Law of Bankruptcy 394
Glossary of Legal Terms 403
Index 435
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Legal Terminology, Fourth Edition, is written with the best interests of the student in mind. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of legal terminology through the study of law itself and on using legal terminology in many different ways rather than relying solely on learning through rote memory. Short, easy-to-understand chapters written in a manner designed to capture student interest continue to be a highlight of the text. The law with its unique terminology is presented in short segments, followed by many activities that enable students to work with scores of legal terms and concepts. At the end of each chapter, students answer questions about the subject matter in a section entitled "Reviewing What you Learned." A segment called "Understanding Legal Concepts" allows students to check their understanding of legal theory. Next, students confirm their knowledge by completing a "Checking Terminology" assignment, followed by a project in "Using Legal Language." Finally, for reinforcement, students puzzle over what they learned by completing a crossword brainteaser.

New Features

In addition to keeping abreast of changes in the law, this edition of Legal Terminology has many new features. Each chapter begins with a question intended to whet the students' appetite by testing them on the meaning of a legal term or concept before they study the chapter. The list of key terms that begins each chapter now includes the phonetic pronunciations of many terms. Similarly, the comprehensive "Glossary of Legal Terms" at the end of the text includes the same phonetic pronunciations. A new feature called "Web Wise" has been added to assist students withInternet research, and eye-catching etchings from the Library of Congress supplement Wiley's Non Sequitur cartoons to help spark student interest.

The number of legal terms presented in this edition exceeds 1,400. Newly discussed topics include the stop and frisk rule, the castle doctrine, e-signature, e-commerce, DNA evidence, the ripeness doctrine, plenary jurisdiction, medical directives and health care declarations, slayer statutes, simultaneous death rules, incorporation by reference, degrees of kindred, homestead laws, the gift tax, moiety, usufruct, and covenant marriage.

Legal Series Newsletter
Keep up with the trends in the legal profession. New cases, changing laws, and industry trends affect a paralegal's research and decision-making process.

Legal Resources
There are many resources available in the legal field that will assist you with your legal studies. We offer several options to help you begin your search to find additional information.

Ask the Expert
Talk with REAL PEOPLE about the Legal Field.

Study Hall
Provides tools for student use in getting through legal coursework as well as specific practice and materials related to the curriculum.

Educators Consortium
This section is just for instructors and is access code protected.

The Instructor's Manual includes a complete test bank and furnishes the answers to all chapter questions and end-of-chapter exercises.

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