Paralegal Today: The Essentials

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Cengage Learning, Jul 19, 2012 - Law - 560 pages
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Paralegal Today: The Essentials, fifth edition, makes the paralegal field come alive for the student. It uses real-world examples, offering practical application of each concept discussed, and further enhances this focus with hands-on activities throughout. This concise version focuses on the basic, key areas of paralegal studies, including careers, legal ethics, litigation procedures, criminal law, legal research and analysis, and legal writing. Technology features, including spotlights on how technology is changing litigation, legal research, and overall office management, convey the importance of developing strong skills in this area. Featured Contributors bring a personal touch to the material - as students learn how professionals truly work in each area of the law and how each skill directly translates on-the-job. Ethical dilemmas challenge the students to further understand their professional duties and critical thinking questions provide an opportunity to sharpen their proficiency.
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Contents

Introduction to the Student
xxxvii
Careers in Todays Paralegal Profession
2
The Inner Workings of the Law Office
43
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
75
Sources of American Law
117
The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution
152
Legal Research and Analysis
187
Contemporary Online Legal Research
234
Appendix B NALAs Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Paralegals
475
Appendix C NFPAs Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement ...
479
Appendix D NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
489
How to Find StateSpecific Information
491
Appendix F Paralegal Associations
493
Appendix G Information on NALAs CLACP Program
499
Appendix H Information on NFPAs PACE Examination
511
Appendix I Information on NALS Certification
515

Legal Writing Form and Substance
269
Civil Litigation Before the Trial
302
Conducting Interviews and Investigations
354
Trial Procedures
393
Criminal Law and Procedures
426
Appendix J The Constitution of the United States
521
Appendix K Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English
537
Glossary
543
Index
557
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About the author (2012)

Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been on the staff of a number of universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught, among other subjects, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has published in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT & CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.

Mary Meinzinger is the paralegal program chair at Madonna University. She is highly respected and is an active member of AAfPE.

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