Introduction to law for paralegals: a critical thinking approach

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Aspen Law & Business, 2001 - Law - 776 pages
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Written by a respected and well-known author team, this text offers a comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts paralegals need to know, As it provides a wealth of information in an accessible, well-organized format. The talent and experience of these authors serve to enrich the text, and results in a book that is not just a compendium of facts, but rather a thoughtful discussion that teaches students how to use and analyze what they have learned. The book's outstanding pedagogy not only makes it easy to teach For The instructor, but also makes it interesting For The students. The text features: thoughtful charts and other graphics discussion questions hypothetical cases presented as examples at the beginning of chapters and referred to throughout the chapter legal reasoning exercises review questions definitions in the margins of the text ethics alerts and practice tips in boxes throughout well-edited cases and a comprehensive glossary.

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Contents

Introduction to the Study of Law
3
Exhibit
9
The Role of the Paralegal
13
Figure 151
15
Paralegal Versus Attorney Qualifications
18
Ethics Alert
23
Sources of the Law
31
Sources of Law
45
Legal Ethics and Substantive Law
311
Legal Ethics
313
Torts
351
Case Discussion Questions 13
361
Practice Tip
367
B Negligence
373
Case Discussion Questions 14
379
Case Discussion Questions 13
385

Classification of the Law
47
Comparison of Civil and Criminal Law
55
Structure of the Court System
67
Comparison of Trial and Appellate Courts
71
The U S Supreme Court
77
State Court Systems
79
Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
87
Civil Procedure
89
The Pleadings
95
Answer
103
The Appeal
116
Discussion Questions 14 54
132
Finding and Analyzing the Law
135
Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
137
Common Publications Containing the Texts of Federal
139
Sample Chart of Statutory Elements
146
Elements of an IRAC Analysis
161
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
169
Mandatory Authority
171
Possible Holdings for a Case
185
Sample Brief
191
Callow v Thomas
206
Lewis v Lewis
212
Factors Affecting the Power of a Court to Make New Law
221
Finding the Law
225
Primary and Secondary Authority
227
Applying the Law
285
Discussion Question 8
392
Contract Law
413
Sidway
429
Case Discussion Questions 14
437
Case Discussion Questions 13
443
Ethics Alert
449
H Drafting and Reviewing Contracts
457
Property and Estate Law
465
Laws Affecting Business
493
Family Law
543
Practice Tip
544
Ethics Alert
550
Practice Tip
556
Woodivorth
562
Practice Tip
570
Case Discussion Questions 14
577
Criminal Law and Procedure
589
Practice Tip
620
Appendix A Excerpts from the United States Constitution
661
Appendix B Fundamentals of Good Writing
667
The Basics of Citation Form
691
Ethical Codes
721
Appendix E NetNotes
731
Glossary
735
Table of Cases
759
Index
763
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