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9780735518018

Introduction to Law for Paralegals : A Critical Thinking Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780735518018

  • ISBN10:

    0735518017

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-11-01
  • Publisher: Aspen Pub
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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
xxxi
Preface xxxv
Acknowledgments xxxix
PART 1 Paralegals and the American Legal System 1(134)
Introduction to the Study of Law
3(10)
The Role of the Paralegal
13(18)
Sources of the Law
31(16)
Classification of the Law
47(20)
Structure of the Court System
67(20)
Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
87(48)
PART 2 Finding and Analyzing the Law 135(176)
Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
137(32)
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
169(56)
Finding the Law
225(60)
Applying the Law
285(26)
PART 3 Legal Ethics and Substantive Law 311(350)
Legal Ethics
313(38)
Torts
351(62)
Contract Law
413(52)
Property and Estate Law
465(28)
Laws Affecting Business
493(50)
Family Law
543(46)
Criminal Law and Procedure
589(72)
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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