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Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
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Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

by Gerald Hill, Kathleen Hill, Nolo Editors
 

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Learn the language of the law, without the legalese!

Open the average law dictionary and chances are you'll feel more confused than before you read a word. Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary is different. From ""abrogate"" to ""zero tape"", we've cut down on the Latin and defined common (and some not-so-common) terms you can really use to

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Learn the language of the law, without the legalese!

Open the average law dictionary and chances are you'll feel more confused than before you read a word. Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary is different. From ""abrogate"" to ""zero tape"", we've cut down on the Latin and defined common (and some not-so-common) terms you can really use to understand and access the law.

Set aside those dusty, outdated law dictionaries! Written for the 21st century, this essential reference contains complete definitions of the legal terms you need today. If you're a law student, paralegal, accountant, small business owner or librarian -- anyone whose work or life touches the law -- this fully up-to-date A to Z guide puts access to the law into your hands.

Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary contains 3,800 plain-English legal definitions, including many newly coined terms you'll find online and off, such as ""typosquatting"" and ""patent troll"". Of course, if you need definitions for legal standards -- even when they're in Latin -- you'll find those here too. Plus, find a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America for your reference in the pages following the complete list of definitions.

Editorial Reviews

CHOICE MAGAZINE
"This law dictionary is the answer for those who struggle with legalese, whether it be the ordinary citizen just wanting more information about the law, those parties involved in a lawsuit, a small business owner, or a confused law student who simply does not understand all the jargon. Recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413310375
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
05/29/2009
Pages:
477
Sales rank:
349,536
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.05(d)

What People are Saying About This

ROBERT C. BERING
"The perfect bridge between the dusty volumes that sit in law libraries and the quick hits of Internet dictionaries. If you want more information, it tells you how to find it. Including Supreme Court decisions and commonly referenced statutes is a huge plus."
ROBERT C. BERING, JR. Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law
CHUCK MARCUS
"A wonderful resource for nonlawyers involved in the law. As a useful and often fascinating reference book, Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary clearly defines basic legal terms, elusive Latin phrases, the most up-to-date legal slang and arcane oddities. I highly recommend it."
CHUCK MARCUS, Head of Reference, University of California Hastings College of the Law Library, Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) member
RODERIC DUNCAN
"Explains thousands of common legal terms in a way anyone can understand. Anyone called upon to sign a confusing legal document or testify in court should have this book."
RODERIC DUNCAN, retired California Superior Court Judge
SHELDON SIEGEL
"A unique combination of carefully researched legal scholarship and contemporary, real-world references."
SHELDON SIEGEL, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment Day

Meet the Author


Gerald N. Hill has practiced law in San Francisco's financial district and a small town; has served as a pro tem judge, arbitrator, university law instructor, and executive director of a state agency; and has drafted legislation. He has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Kathleen Thompson Hill is a journalist and language analyst who writes a twice weekly newspaper column, was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, served on a grand jury, and chaired two municipal commissions. She earned a B.A. at the University of California, a degree from the Sorbonne, Paris, and an M.A. in political psychology from Sonoma State University.

Together, the Hills have coauthored 28 books, including The Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commissions, The Facts on File Dictionary of American Politics, and The Real Life Dictionary of the Law. They have taught at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and Sonoma State University, and were visiting scholars at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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