Introduction to Law for Paralegals: A Critical Thinking Approach

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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Feb 15, 2019 - Law - 872 pages

Balancing practice and theory, Introduction to Law for Paralegals: A Critical Thinking Approach offers a well-rounded introduction to law and the American legal system. Currier, Eimermann, and Campbell’s thoughtfully revised seventh edition offers comprehensive coverage combined with interesting topics, timely cases, and effective pedagogy. Through hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions, the authors engage students in the process of critical thinking and analysis.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • Updated with changes in the law, new NetNotes and Web Exercises, and additional Discussion Questions and Legal Reasoning Exercises
  • New case excerpts on trademark issues and the constitutionality of the disparagement clause (Ch. 13); same-sex marriage, paternity, and custody disputes (Ch. 15); inducement to commit suicide (Ch. 16); and cell phone privacy (Ch. 17)
  • Revised chapter on Ethics, including revisions to the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct, a discussion and comparison of rules of conduct and ethical rules, the addition of notary public law, and a new ethics alert regarding client confidentiality
  • Discussion of defamation in the era of digital media and the Communication Decency Act of 1996, contemporary torts in the digital age, and reference to the “MeToo” movement in Chapter 11 on Torts
  • New co-author, Marisa Campbell, brings her extensive experience in the paralegal field to the book

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Clear and effective organization—the text is divided into three parts, reflecting the topics addressed in an introductory course: Part I, Paralegals and the American Legal System; Part II, Finding and Analyzing the Law; and Part III, Legal Ethics and Substantive Law
  • A critical thinking approach that introduces students to the study of law, encouraging them to interact with the materials through discussion questions and legal reasoning exercises
  • Text that is readable without talking down to students—the structure of chapters ensures that students understand and learn the material
  • Comprehensive coverage of key legal concepts
  • Effective and thoughtful pedagogy throughout, with chapter objectives, ethics alerts, marginal definitions, internet references, and review questions
  • Helpful appendices, including Fundamentals of Good Writing and Basics of Citation Form
 

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Contents

Correct Word Usage
12
Paralegals in the Legal System
15
Paralegal versus Attorney Qualifications
24
Increasing Levels of Regulation
30
Sources of Law
37
Functions of the U S Constitution
39
Judicial Statutory Interpretation versus Determination
51
Classification of the Law
57
Possible Holdings for a Case
198
Seven Hints for Better Brief Writing
201
McBoyle v United States
205
Callow v Thomas
220
Lewis v Lewis
233
Applying the Law
239
Legal Ethics and Substantive Law
263
Torts
317

How Lawyers Classify the Law
59
Courts
81
Comparison of Trial and Appellate Courts
88
Organization of a Typical State Court System
95
Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
105
Discussion Question 3
116
Personal Jurisdiction
119
Practice Tip
122
Summons
125
f Take No Action
128
Interrogatories
134
Discussion Question
135
Practice Tip
141
Carolyn Pitts
148
Finding and Analyzing the Law
153
Figure 71 Common Publications Containing the Texts of Federal
159
Elements of an IRAC Analysis
176
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
183
A Locating Court Opinions
184
Court Opinion Citation Form
185
Case Citation
186
Contract Law
397
E Defenses to a Valid Contract
422
Property and Estate Law
459
Laws Affecting Business
495
Agency Law and an Employers Responsibility
514
Employment Law
520
Discussion Questions 89
538
Family Law
553
Criminal Law
599
Parties to the Crime
617
F Punishments
633
Criminal Procedure
641
Appendix A The United States Constitution
685
Appendix B Fundamentals of Good Writing
697
E Parenthetical
708
D
714
The Basics of Citation Form
721
Finding the Law
751
Glossary
783
Table of Cases
807
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