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 students
to the basic methods of legal research will welcome Legal Research Explained
. Based upon the legal research section of Bouchoux's highly successful
Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, the material in this text has
been modified, condensed and updated to fit courses covering only legal
This engaging text helps students develop both knowledge and confidence:
* using a building-block approach, which is instrumental in
ensuring that students master the critical skills of legal research, Bouchoux
discusses conventional print legal research sources before computer-assisted
and electronic sources. Similarly, primary authorities are discussed before
secondary authorities and statutes are covered before cases, because this is
the order in which it happens in practice
* divided into five sections: 1) conducting legal research using
primary authorities; 2) conducting legal research using secondary authorities
and other research aids; 3) computer-assisted legal research and the Internet;
4) legal citation form and validating authorities; and 5) "putting it all
together" 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 and
requiring students to use pertinent sources to locate the answers to those
o section at the end of each chapter requiring students to access the
Internet to locate answers to questions so that students become proficient
in quickly locating the types of information an employer will require them to
retrieve, such as local court rules
o Practice Tips in each chapter, offering realistic and helpful
suggestions for workplace success
* up-to-date sample pages in each chapter illustrate the features
of various legal research authorities.
The book is part of a comprehensive instructional package that includes
PowerPoint 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 Internet
* detailed suggestions for additional assignments
* a Test Bank of exam questions
Professors in search of a text that applies a building-block approach to
developing a firm foundation for legal research are sure to be delighted with
Bouchoux's new book; Legal Research Explained. In addition to
providing students with the skills and resources that they will need as they
progress professionally, instructors are also provided with a comprehensive
educational package to aid in the effort to impart a complete understanding of
the fundamentals of legal research.
An author website to support classroom instruction using this title is
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Finding the Law and Introduction to Legal Research
F Legal System of the United States
G Law Book Publishing

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About the author (2008)

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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