Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law

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Nolo, Aug 12, 2015 - Law - 376 pages
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If you're searching for information in a real or virtual law library as a paralegal, law student, legal assistant, journalist, or lay person, finding and accessing the laws that you need to read can be a challenge. Turn to Legal Research, which outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results.

In plain, readable English, Attorney Stephen Elias explains, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to:

  • read and understand statutes, 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 has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs. This edition has been condensed to be more readable and includes an expanded discussion on the use of legal research tools on the web.
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    Contents

    Identifying Your Legal Issue
    45
    Finding and Using Secondary Sources
    71
    Finding and Using Constitutions Statutes Regulations and Ordinances
    93
    Finding Cases
    135
    Using Case Law
    155
    Validating Your Research
    183
    Organizing and Putting Your Legal Research to Use
    209
    Glossary
    233
    TopicSpecific Research Sites
    341
    Index
    347
    Book Registration and Updates
    366
    Copyright

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    About the author (2015)

    Until his death in late 2011, Stephen R. Elias was a practicing attorney, active Nolo author, and president of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He was an important part of Nolo for more than 30 years, and was the author or coauthor of many Nolo books, including Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. Steve held a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He was featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money Magazine, and more. The blog he began on bankruptcy and foreclosure law continues at Nolo's Bankruptcy & Foreclosure Blog.

    All Nolo legal editors specialize in certain areas of the law, and many are recognized as national experts in their field. They write books, edit books by outside authors, and in their spare time write online articles and blogs, develop legal forms, and create the legal content of Nolo software.

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