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Paralegal Procedures and Practices, 2nd edition, provides over 250 problems that help readers build skills on their own and assist instructors to check their students' knowledge of legal concepts. Exercises range from discussions of applying discovery documents to the various stages of litigation to preparing questions for client interviews and conducting library and Internet research for preparation of briefs. Correct answers can easily be checked with the answer manual, which is provided separately. The numerous legal research problems set forth in this workbook will greatly assist with the complete development of manual and electronic legal research skills. Hypothetical problems ask readers to apply legal concepts to situations that are similar to those encountered in a law office. The investigation chapter contains exercises that enhance readers' knowledge of evidentiary rules through numerous straightforward examples. The challenging content of Paralegal Procedures and Practices, 2nd edition, has been class-tested for more than twenty-five years by thousands of students in common law countries worldwide as a means of applying their knowledge and comprehension of rules of civil procedure, evidence, legal analysis, manual and computerized legal research, legal writing, ethics, and more.
Preface CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL PROCESS FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 2: TORTS AND CONTRACTS FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 3: DOCUMENT PREPARATION FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 4: EVIDENCE, INVESTIGATION, AND INTERVIEWING FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 5: SOURCES OF LEGAL AUTHORITY CHAPTER 6: MANUAL LEGAL RESEARCH FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 7: ELECTRONIC LEGAL RESEARCH FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 8: PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF LEGAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 9: ETHICS FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 10: TIME MANAGEMENT FOR PARALEGALS CHAPTER 11: JOB HUNTING FOR PARALEGALS
Posted April 4, 2008
Paralegal Procedures and Practices ISBN# 0-314-01348-2 By Scott A. Hatch, J.D. and Lisa Zimmer Hatch, M.A. Rather than spending a few thousand dollars on tuition for a course to learn the essentials of paralegalism, I decided to teach myself by purchasing several self-help books including Paralegal Procedures and Practices by Lisa and Scott Hatch. This book was very logically written, beginning with background exercises that help explain the American judicial system. It supplies detailed instruction on legal document preparation and legal research-both manually and electronically. The pedagogic approach used by the authors requires that readers devote a fair amount of time in a law library where they are thoroughly indoctrinated to legal research. After completing the assignments in this well-organized book, readers will have developed an efficient and effective approach to legal research that can be used to continue their study of law. It is advisable to combine the practical study of law presented in Paralegal Practices and Procedures with the theoretical framework set forth in a book such as Untangling the Law by Christine Woolever. I highly recommend these books. Sincerely, Mark Donahue
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