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Paralegal Professional: Essentials (Brief Edition)

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780131104617

ISBN10:
0131104616
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

Written by an award-winning author team, The Paralegal Professional: Essentials provides a solid introduction to the paralegal profession. Students gain procedural legal knowledge in the real-world skills they need to succeed. The fully up-to-date and extensive coverage of law office technology, legal and business ethics, international perspectives, and diversity prepares students for today's work environment. CAREER GUIDANCE + THE LAW This critical combination includes bull; bull;Numerous examples of both Brief and Full Cases bull;Integrated coverage of Diversity bull;Ethics guidelines for action bull;Legal applications for Technology tools in the law office PROFESSIONALISM FOR EVERY KIND OF LEARNER Concepts are presented in a manner appealing to both new and returning students. bull; bull;The presentation of both Legal and Business Ethics demonstrates the connection between two worlds. bull;Ethics Questions in every chapter provide the opportunity to strengthen reasoning. bull;Contemporary Perspective boxes include Articles, Interviews, and Essays about the critical issues that impact careers. bull;Appendices offer guidelines for Case Briefing and for Ethical Obligations. BRIEF COURSE Every feature of the book is designed for a briefer course of study. bull; bull;Marginal references to related Websites bull;Checklists for Career Guidance and for Procedures bull;Internal guide on Latin Terms The entire program is backed by digital and print course supplements that support distance learning and lifelong skills. These include a complete Online Course and a time-limited version of LexBrief legal briefing software and the Lexiverse Legal Dictionary.

Table of Contents

1. The Paralegal Profession.
Introduction. What Do Paralegals Do? What Is a Paralegal? Opportunities. The Future. Career Planning. Role of the Paralegal. National Associations of Paralegals. Qualifications of Paralegals. Paralegal Education in the United States. Personal Goals. Contemporary Perspective: Collecting Lunch Stories: The Hidden Perk. Checklist: Skills and Goals. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing Exercises. Ethics Questions. Case for Briefing: Missouri v. Jenkins.

2. Ethics, Regulation, and Profession Responsibility.
Introduction. Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL). Regulation of the Paralegal Profession. Ethical Rules and Obligations. The Future. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing Exercises. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion: In Re Estate of Devine. Case for Briefing: Tegman v. Accident and Medical Investigations.

3. Careers in the Paralegal Profession.
Chapter Objectives. Chapter Outline. Introduction. Compensation Issues for the Paralegal. Selecting a Specialty. Assessing Your Background. Assessing Your Skills. Assessing Your Interests. Selecting Your Electives. Preparing Your Resume. Interviewing for a Job. Arrangements and Organization of Law Offices and Law Firms. Administrative Procedures in the Law Office. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Ethics Questions. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing.

4. Paralegal Workplace Skills.
Introduction. Paralegal Tasks and Functions. What Paralegals in Legal Specialties Do. Paralegal Skills. Communication Skills. Analyzing the Audience. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Ramirez v. Plough, Inc.

UNIT II. THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM.


5. The Constitution and Sources of American Law.
The Constitution and Sources of American Law. Introduction. What Is Law? History of American Law. Sources of Law in the United States. Constitution of the United States of America. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Lee v. Weisman.

6. Judicial and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Introduction. State Court System. Federal Court System. Jurisdiction of Federal and State Courts. Alternative Dispute Resolution. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case for Briefing.

7. Administrative Law and Government Regulation.
Introduction. Government Regulations. Administrative Agencies. Administrative Law. Legislative Powers of Administrative Agencies. Executive Powers of Administrative Agencies. Judicial Powers of Administrative Agencies. Public Disclosure of Agency Actions. General Business Regulation. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case for Briefing.

8. Civil Legislation.
The Litigation Process. Prelitigation. The Trial. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Cases for Briefing.

9. Criminal Law and Process.
Introduction. Definition of a Crime. Classification of Crimes. Essential Elements of a Crime. Criminal Acts as Basis for Tort Actions. Criminal Procedure. The Criminal Trial. Crimes Affecting Business. Inchoate Crimes. Constitutional Safeguards. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case(s) for Briefing.

10. The Appellate Process.
Introduction. Function of the Appellate Court. Federal Appellate Procedure. United States Courts of Appeals. United States Supreme Court. State Appeals Courts. Role of the Paralegal in the Appellate Process. Oral Arguments. Actions by the Appellate Courts. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case(s) for Briefing.

UNIT IV. PARALEGAL SKILLS.


18. Interviewing and Investigative Skills.
Introduction. Investigating Claims. Preparing for the Interview. Conducting the Interview. Ethical Versus Moral Considerations. Privileged Communication. Expert Witnesses. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Locating Witnesses. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Dep't of the Interior v. Klamath Water Users Protective Ass'n.

19. Traditional and Computer Research.
Introduction. Research Starting Point. Traditional Versus Computer-based Law Libraries. Traditional Legal Resources. Constructing a Search Query. Connectors in Legal Research. Updating Legal Research. Parallel Citations. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion: American Geophysical Union v. Texaco, Inc. Case for Briefing: Hart v. Massanari.

20. Critical legal Thinking and Writing.
Introduction. Court Brief and Office Memorandum Writing Styles. Honesty. Office Memorandum. Citations. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Golden Eagle Distributing Corp. v. Burroughs.

21. The Internet, the Computer, and the Paralegal.
Introduction. The Internet. Online Computer Resources. Formats of Available Information. Types of Image Formats. Computer Viruses. Electronic Filing of Pleadings. Encryption Technology. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Costar Group, Inc. v. Loopnet, Inc.

Appendix A: How to Brief a Case.
Appendix B: Effective Learning: How to Study
Appendix C: Rules of Contact


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