Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law

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Nolo Press, 2007 - Law - 322 pages
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And suddenly, legal reseach was made simple! Excellent for anyone searching for information in a real or virtual law library (including paralegals, law students, legal assistants and journalists), Legal Research 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, now in its 14th edition, has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs.

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Very informative. The writers erase the fears that are usually felt by non-lawyers when tackling a new subject. Laws seemed very complex especially from researchers who are not particularly schooled on the discipline. And yet the authors allay our fears, that while the task of legal research is a daunting one, we could overcome and succeed. They teach the readers on how to cope with the difficulties and challenges that come with the territory. 

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Stephen R. Elias is an attorney and former associate publisher at Nolo, as well as current President of National Bankruptcy Law Project. He is the author of many Nolo books, most recently The New Bankruptcy. His other titles include Special Needs Trusts and How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. 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.Susan Levinkind has worked as a law librarian at California Rural Legal Assistance and the Santa Clara County Superior Court, as well as instructing paralegal students in legal research. She lives in Oakland, CA.

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