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A primary objective of this text is to prepare students for success in their subsequent paralegal courses. Material is organized so that it is suitable for either a one-semester or two-semester course. A series of "Practice Tips" interspersed throughout the text offer down-to-earth guidance on everything from the dynamics of professional relationships in a law firm to a simple method to prevent inadvertently faxing a sensitive document to the wrong office. Career opportunities/options, the court system, legal ethics, typical paralegal functions in law firms, legal research and writing, interviewing clients and witnesses, and using computers in the practice of law are some of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide. The entire presentation facilitates effective learning with its clarity of writing and absence of superfluous material.
Chapter 1: Paralegals: A Profession Evolves. Chapter 2: Careers in Law Firms and Beyond. Chapter 3: Paralegal Ethics and Other Professional Issues. Chapter 4: The Law: Its Source and Application. Chapter 5: Legal Persons, Property, Contracts and Crimes. Chapter 6: Interviewing and Investigations. Chapter 7: Tort Law and the Indispensable Specialty: Civil Litigation. Chapter 8: Basics of Legal Research and Writing. Chapter 9: Computer Basics for Paralegals. Chapter 10: The Paralegal Role in Family, Probate, Bankruptcy and Administrative Law. Chapter 11: Identifying—and Getting—the Right Job for You. Appendix A: Shepard's Notations. Appendix B: Sample Time Sheets. Appendix C: Cite Check: "The Supremacy Clause" Appendix D: Sample Deposition Transcripts and Summaries. Appendix E: Sample Brief of Court Opinion. Appendix F: Sample Memorandum of Law. Appendix G: Sample Resumes and Cover Letters. Appendix H: Independent Paralegals: "Working for the Public". Recommended Reading. Glossary. Index.