Legal Research Explained

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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Aspen Publishers, 2008 - Law - 376 pages
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Instructors who are looking for a clear and concise text introducing studentsto the basic methods of legal research will welcome Legal Research Explained. Based upon the legal research section of Bouchoux's highly successfulLegal Research and Writing for Paralegals, the material in this text hasbeen modified, condensed and updated to fit courses covering only legalresearch.This engaging text helps students develop both knowledge and confidence:* using a building-block approach, which is instrumental inensuring that students master the critical skills of legal research, Bouchouxdiscusses conventional print legal research sources before computer-assistedand electronic sources. Similarly, primary authorities are discussed beforesecondary authorities and statutes are covered before cases, because this isthe order in which it happens in practice* divided into five sections: 1) conducting legal research usingprimary authorities; 2) conducting legal research using secondary authoritiesand other research aids; 3) computer-assisted legal research and the Internet;4) legal citation form and validating authorities; and 5) "putting it alltogether" and providing a final overview of the legal research process* Text includes:o examples of citation form (in both ALWD and Bluebook format)o questions relating to the materials discussed in each chapter andrequiring students to use pertinent sources to locate the answers to thosequestionso section at the end of each chapter requiring students to access theInternet to locate answers to questions so that students become proficientin quickly locating the types of information an employer will require them toretrieve, such as local court ruleso Practice Tips in each chapter, offering realistic and helpfulsuggestions for workplace success* up-to-date sample pages in each chapter illustrate the featuresof various legal research authorities.The book is part of a comprehensive instructional package that includesPowerPoint slides and an extensive Instructor's Manual featuring:* sample syllabi* information on teaching strategies* chapter-by-chapter resource information* answer keys for all discussion questions and Internetassignments* detailed suggestions for additional assignments* a Test Bank of exam questionsProfessors in search of a text that applies a building-block approach todeveloping a firm foundation for legal research are sure to be delighted withBouchoux's new book;Legal Research Explained. In addition toproviding students with the skills and resources that they will need as theyprogress professionally, instructors are also provided with a comprehensiveeducational package to aid in the effort to impart a complete understanding ofthe fundamentals of legal research.An author website to support classroom instruction using this title isavailable athttp://www.aspenlawschool.com/bouchoux_explained

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Contents

Finding the Law and Introduction to Legal Research
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F Legal System of the United States
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G Law Book Publishing
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Copyright

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Deborah E. Bouchoux, J.D., is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of topics in the Paralegal Studies Program and serves on the program's advisory board. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and District of Columbia Bar (active). She has taught in a number of paralegal programs, including the University of San Diego Paralegal Program and the Paralegal Studies Program at George Washington University. She is the author of nine textbooks in the paralegal field and several articles in national and local paralegal publications.

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