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Designed to provide readers with a comprehensive introduction to the legal system, the sixth edition of PARALEGAL TODAY: THE LEGAL TEAM AT WORK uses real-world examples, practical applications, ethical dilemmas, and hands-on assignments to prepare readers to thrive in the legal environment. With coverage of general information as well as specific areas of the law, this book ensures that readers develop a comprehensive understanding of the laws in our society, the importance of ethical and professional responsibility, and the skills needed to succeed in the legal world. The sixth edition includes increased coverage of technology in the workplace, including critical topics such as confidentiality issues, e-mail policies, technology in the courtroom, and the use of social media in crime detection and enforcing delinquent court judgments. In addition, "Social Media Today" boxed features explain how social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn can be used in the legal field.
"The Miller/Urisko text has struck the right balance between legal information and its applicable "real world" practice. ... I have yet to find a text that covers paralegal ethics and career opportunities in such depth...This text is written more in the style of the way students today learn, by staying away from long stretches of text and interspersing it with eye catching insets and references to media. ... . I'm partial to the text because it has been and continues to be a 'toolkit' for entry-level and experienced paralegals. This is the type of book I call a 'keeper"
"This is an excellent text. The three part content arrangement into Profession, Skills and Substantive Law is very useful for course organization purposes. It is equally user friendly for both instructors and students, striking a balance between the need to impart an enormous amount of information to students and a style which makes it look like it is not an intimidating amount of information. Just right!"
Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been on the staff of a number of universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught, among other subjects, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has published in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT & CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.
Mary Meinzinger is the paralegal program chair at Madonna University. She is highly respected and is an active member of AAfPE.
PART I THE PARALEGAL PROFESSION. 1. Today's Paralegal Profession. 2. Career Opportunities. 3. The Inner Workings of the Law Office. 4. Ethics and Professional Responsibility. 5. Sources of American Law. 6. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution. PART II LEGAL PROCEDURES AND PARALEGAL SKILLS. 7. Legal Research and Analysis. 8. Contemporary Online Legal Research. 9. Legal Writing: Form and Substance. 10. Civil Litigation: Before the Trial. 11. Conducting Interviews and Investigations. 12. Trial Procedures. 13. Criminal Law and Procedures. PART III SUBSTANTIVE AREAS OF LAW. 14. Tort Law, Product Liability, and Consumer Law. 15. Contracts and Intellectual Property Law. 16. Real Property and Insurance Law. 17. Family Law and Estates. 18. Business Organizations and Employment Law. 19. Bankruptcy and Environmental Law. NALA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. NALA's Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants. NFPA's Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement. NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Paralegal Associations. Information on NALA's CP Program. Information on NFPA's PACE Examination. Information on NALS Certification. The Constitution of the United States. Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English.