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Civil Law and Litigation for Paralegals / Edition 1

Civil Law and Litigation for Paralegals / Edition 1

by Neal R. Bevans


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Civil Law and Litigation for Paralegals is a comprehensive text designed specifically for paralegal civil litigation courses. Author Neal Bevans not only teaches the basics of civil litigation, but also gives students the opportunity to learn skills they will use in practice. In a balanced approach, Bevans covers all the key topics paralegals need to know in an easy-to-read and engaging style that utilizes numerous examples and illustrations but never overwhelms the student. The text provides students with an in-depth analysis of a wide variety of civil cases, beginning with laying out the basic foundation of the American legal system. It proceeds through the investigation and implementation of a civil case, and follows the case through to appeal. The text balances the theoretical underpinnings of the law with the practical examples and hands-on experience that all students need to completely understand the topic. The helpful pedagogy throughout the book and a comprehensive teaching package make class preparation as easy as possible.


  • Clear introduction to the fundamentals of civil litigation for paralegal students.
  • Provides students with an in-depth analysis of a wide variety of civil cases, laying out the basic foundation of
  • the American legal system, proceeding through the investigation and implementation of a civil case, and
  • following the case through to appeal.
  • Designed to help prepare students for the practical world of divorces, car wreck cases, and medical malpractice
  • claims that they will see every day in civil practice.
  • Each chapter presents students with examples of the important role that paralegals play in every stage of civil
  • litigation, from client intake to bringing an appeal.
  • Understandable writing style with strong pedagogy, resulting in a teachable and accessible text.
  • Each chapter includes Practice Pointers, Search Suggestions, Tech Topics, and Legal Legwork boxes, along
  • with case excerpts, forms, and ethics.
  • Helpful pedagogy includes Chapter Objectives that focus learning and review, Boldfaced key terms and marginal
  • definitions for convenient reference, Review questions at the end of each chapter, and references to web sites that
  • facilitate legal research

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780073524610
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 03/30/2007
Series: McGraw-Hill Business Careers Paralegal Titles Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Neal R. Bevans, J.D. is a former Assistant District Attorney and private attorney. A veteran of over 150 trials, Bevans has tried every major felony from rape, murder, and narcotics to armed robbery. One of his cases was televised nationally on Court TV. He has had extensive civil litigation experience while working as an insurance defense attorney. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia (Order of the Barrister) and has been a college instructor for more than ten years. A multiple-year honoree in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, Bevans is the author of numerous magazine articles and textbooks, including Civil Law and Litigation for Paralegals.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Introduction to the Court System

Chapter Two -- The Participants in the Legal System

Chapter Three – Inside the Law Office

Chapter Four -- Bringing a Legal Action

Chapter Five – Civil Complaints

Chapter Six – The Defendant’s Answer

Chapter Seven -- Evidence


Appendix A – Apple Case

Appendix B – Baker Case


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