Introduction to Paralegal Studies: A Critical Thinking Approach

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Aspen Law & Business Publishers, Nov 1, 1998 - Law - 494 pages
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Written by Katherine Currier and Tom Eimermann, authors of the critically acclaimed Introduction to Law for Paralegals, "Introduction to Paralegal Studies: " A Critical Thinking Approach offers a comprehensive and intelligent overview designed for introductory paralegal courses focused on basic legal concepts and paralegal skills. Students and teachers alike will find the book offers a clear and logical organization that enhances accessibility.

Readers will find a number of special features:

-- This comprehensive and intelligent overview is carefully designed for introductory paralegal courses focused on basic legal concepts and paralegal skills.

-- The book's thoughtful presentation teaches students how to use and analyze what they have learned -- actively teaching critical thinking skills through excellent analysis and examples.

-- The clear, logical organization is divided into three parts: The American Legal System, Legal Analysis, and Paralegal Skills.

-- The book is accompanied by a helpful Instructor's Manual, an extensive Test Bank, and PowerPoint slides.

Featuring outstanding pedagogy, the text provides:

-- charts and other graphics

-- discussion questions

-- hypothetical cases to place concepts in the context of real situations

-- legal reasoning exercises

-- review questions

-- definitions in the margins of the text

-- ethics alerts and practice tips

-- a comprehensive glossary

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Contents

Sources of the Law
13
Figure 21 Sources of Law
24
Classification of the Law
27
Figure 32 Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law
32
Structure of the Court System
45
Figure 41 Comparison of Trial and Appellate Courts
49
Figure 44 The U S Supreme Court
55
Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
63
Exhibit 819 Code of Federal Regulations tit 29 1604 11
234
Ethics Alert
238
Applying the Law
243
Paralegals and the Work World
269
Figure 101 Paralegal versus Attorney Qualifications
277
Legal Ethics
295
Legal Ethics
296
Figure 111 A Comparison of the Ethical Rule Regarding Confidentiality
302

Figure 51 Civil Procedure
65
Figure 53 The Pleadings
71
Exhibit 54 Answer
78
Legal Analysis and Research
103
Figure 61 Common Publications Containing the Texts of Federal and State
107
Figure 62 Sample Chart of Statutory Elements
114
Figure 63 Elements of an IRAC Analysis
127
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
137
Figure 71 Mandatory Authority
139
Figure 74 Possible Holdings for a Case
151
Exhibit 73 Sample Brief
157
Exhibit 76 Callow v Thomas
171
Exhibit 77 Lewis v Lewis
177
Figure 75 Factors Affecting the Power of a Court to Make New Law
186
Finding the Law
189
Exhibit 81 American Jurisprudence Second Index
193
Exhibit 84 Corpus Juris Secundum Volume 41
199
Exhibit 86 Index to Massachusetts General Laws Annotated
207
Exhibit 810 Massachusetts Digest Table of Cases
214
Figure 83 Summary of Available Digests
221
Exhibit 816 Massachusetts Shepards
228
Figure 117 Vicarious Representation
308
Interviewing
331
Figure 121 Examples of Possible Nonverbal Miscues between Different
336
Figure 123 The Funnel Approach
343
Figure 125 Interviewing Checklist
354
Evidence and Investigations
357
Figure 132 Types of Evidence
361
Figure 135 Medical Records
372
Case Management
379
Exhibit 141 Computerized Conflict of Interest Checking
381
Exhibit 143 Time Record with Completed Timeslips
387
Appendix A Excerpts from the United States Constitution
395
Appendix B Fundamentals of Good Writing
401
The Basics of Citation Form
425
Figure Cl Bluebook Table T l Showing Massachusetts Citation Form
426
Figure C5 State Abbreviations
435
Figure C9 A Quick Reference for Common Citation Forms
449
Ethical Codes
453
Glossary
463
Table of Cases
487
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About the author (1998)

Thomas E. Eimermann is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Legal Studies Program at Illinois State University. Katherine A. Currier is the chair of the Department of Paralegal and Legal Studies at Elms College.

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