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Introduction to Law for Paralegals : A Critical Thinking Approach

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-11-01
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
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Written by a respected and well-known author team, this text offers a comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts paralegals need to know, As it provides a wealth of information in an accessible, well-organized format. The talent and experience of these authors serve to enrich the text, and results in a book that is not just a compendium of facts, but rather a thoughtful discussion that teaches students how to use and analyze what they have learned. The book's outstanding pedagogy not only makes it easy to teach For The instructor, but also makes it interesting For The students. The text features: thoughtful charts and other graphics discussion questions hypothetical cases presented as examples at the beginning of chapters and referred to throughout the chapter legal reasoning exercises review questions definitions in the margins of the text ethics alerts and practice tips in boxes throughout well-edited cases and a comprehensive glossary.

Table of Contents

Contents xi
List of Illustrations
Preface xxxv
Acknowledgments xxxix
PART 1 Paralegals and the American Legal System 1(134)
Introduction to the Study of Law
The Role of the Paralegal
Sources of the Law
Classification of the Law
Structure of the Court System
Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
PART 2 Finding and Analyzing the Law 135(176)
Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
Finding the Law
Applying the Law
PART 3 Legal Ethics and Substantive Law 311(350)
Legal Ethics
Contract Law
Property and Estate Law
Laws Affecting Business
Family Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Appendix A Excerpts from the United States Constitution 661(6)
Appendix B Fundamentals of Good Writing 667(24)
Appendix C The Basics of Citation Form 691(30)
Appendix D Ethical Codes 721(10)
Appendix E NetNotes 731(4)
Glossary 735(24)
Table of Cases 759(4)
Index 763

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