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An engaging and practical introduction to the paralegal profession. Written by an award-winning author team, The Paralegal Professional, 4e provides a solid foundation in substantive and procedural legal knowledge and analytical skills. Using chapter opening vignettes, ethical perspectives, advice from the field, and chapter exercises, it develops the real-world skills needed to be successful in a paralegal career. Substantive law chapters provide an overview of the most common individual legal areas of practice. The text brings paralegal practice alive and illuminates the roles and tasks paralegals assume in the legal working environment. MyLegalStudiesLab Virtual Law Office Experience The new Fourth Edition of The Paralegal Professionalis accompanied by MyLegalStudiesLab Virtual Law Office Experience, including groundbreaking, interactive guided learning tools and media, and a robust course management and assessment program. MyLegalStudiesLab gives students the opportunity to test themselves on key concepts from their textbook, learn how to apply the concepts to real-life scenarios, and practice the skills they have learned through a Virtual Law Office Experience.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 The Paralegal Profession 

CHAPTER 2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility

CHAPTER 3 The Paralegal Workplace

CHAPTER 4 Technology and the Paralegal


CHAPTER 5 American Legal Heritage and Constitutional Law

CHAPTER 6 The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution 

CHAPTER 7 Civil Litigation

CHAPTER 8 Criminal Procedure and Administrative Law


CHAPTER 9 Interviewing and Investigation Skills

CHAPTER 10 Traditional and Computerized Legal Research
CHAPTER 11 Legal Writing and Critical Legal Thinking



CHAPTER 12 Torts and Product Liability

CHAPTER 13 Contracts and E-Commerce

CHAPTER 14 Property Law
CHAPTER 15 Estates and Elder Law

CHAPTER 16 Family Law
CHAPTER 17 Agency, Employment, and Immigration Law
CHAPTER 18 Business Organizations and Bankruptcy Law
CHAPTER 19 Crimes
CHAPTER 20 Intellectual Property and Digital Law

APPENDIX A How to Brief a Case
APPENDIX B National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
APPENDIX C Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants—Paralegals
APPENDIX D Federal Court Name Abbreviations
APPENDIX E Effective Learning: How to Study
APPENDIX F The Constitution of the United States of America
APPENDIX G Internet Resources
APPENDIX H Glossary of Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms

Case Index 
Subject Index 

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