Paralegal Studies: An Introduction

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Cengage Learning, 2001 - Business & Economics - 553 pages
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A primary objective of this text is to prepare students for success in their subsequent paralegal courses. Material is organized so that it is suitable for either a one-semester or two-semester course. A series of "Practice Tips" interspersed throughout the text offer down-to-earth guidance on everything from the dynamics of professional relationships in a law firm to a simple method to prevent inadvertently faxing a sensitive document to the wrong office. Career opportunities/options, the court system, legal ethics, typical paralegal functions in law firms, legal research and writing, interviewing clients and witnesses, and using computers in the practice of law are some of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide. The entire presentation facilitates effective learning with its clarity of writing and absence of superfluous material.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
3
A CASE iN POiNT
14
A QUESTiON OF ETHlCS
25
WORKlNG lN LAW FIRMS
31
CHAPTER 3
69
A CASE lN POlNT
78
A CASE iN POiNT
87
ETHICAL ISSUES OF SPEClAL IMPORTANCE
93
DUE PROCESS IN CRlMlNAL
244
A CASE lN POlNT
261
A CASE iN POiNT
275
PART
281
A CASE lN POlNT
292
LEGAL WRITiNG
323
CHAPTER SUMMARY
337
A CASE iN POlNT
350

A CASE iN POiNT
106
INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM
113
A CASE lN POlNT
121
CHAPTER SUMMARY
146
CHAPTER 6
171
THE RULES OF EVIDENCE AND THE SEARCH
177
PRETRlAL PROCEDURES
180
A CASE iN POlNT
187
TRIAL PROCEDURES
200
PARALEGAL RESPONSIBlLITlES
211
ALTERNATIVE DiSPUTE RESOLUTION
220
ACTlVlTlES AND ASSiGNMENTS
227
A CASE lN POiNT
236
COMPUTERASSISTED LEGAL RESEARCH
361
CHAPTER SUMMARY
391
A CASE iN POiNT
407
CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS
413
A QUESTiON OF ETHlCS
428
A CASE lN POiNT
457
APPENDlX
472
APPENDlX
479
THE NALA CODE OF ETHICS
485
APPENDIX
497
GLOSSARY
517
Copyright

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Paul D. Jordan is a full-time Executive Director for the Coast Federation of Educators and he is also a part-time Instructor in the Legal Assistantship Program University Extension. He is a member of the Orange County Paralegal Association and the National Association of Legal Assistants. He has a Certificate in Legal Assistantship with Honors from the University Extension, University of California, Irvine.

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