Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law

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NOLO, Aug 20, 2009 - Law - 386 pages
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Legal research made simple!

If you're searching for information in a real or virtual law library as a paralegal, law student, legal assistant, journalist, or lay person, finding and accessing the laws that you need to read can be a challenge. Turn to Legal Research, which outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results.

In plain, readable English, Attorneys Elias and Levinkind explain, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to:

  • read and understand statues, regulations and cases
  • evaluate cases for their value as precedent
  • use all the basic tools of legal research
  • practice what you've learned with "hands-on, feet-in" library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems
  • and solutions

    This easy-to-use and understand book has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs. The 15th edition has been condensed to be more readable and includes an expanded discussion on the use of legal research tools on the web.
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    About the author (2009)

    Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as current President of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, including recently The New Bankruptcy. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts and How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. He is also one of the original authors/designers of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and was a practicing attorney in California, New York and Vermont before joining Nolo. He has been featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money magazine, and more.

    Nolo's legal editors are lawyers who have dedicated themselves to creating books and software that give people legal information in plain English. More than a dozen legal editors, who together have hundreds of year of legal experience, currently work on Nolo products.

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