Legal Research & Writing for Paralegals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-22
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals takes students on a step-by-step journey through the intricacies of researching legal issues and creating legal documents. The focus is on critical areas paralegals deal with daily: what law is and how to find it, what role the Internet plays in legal research, how to incorporate legal research into writing, and how to create an array of legal documents. Ethics are integral to the practice of law, and each chapter addresses issues particularly relevant to paralegals. The many practical assignments throughout and at the end of each chapter allow students to put into practice what they are learning about research and writing. The pedagogy of the book focuses on three main goals: Learning outcomes (critical thinking, vocabulary building, skill development, issues analysis, writing practice) Relevance of topics without sacrificing theory (ethical challenges, current law practices, technology application) Practical application (real-world exercises, practical advice, portfolio creation) The Paralegal Supersite Site

Author Biography

Pamela R. Tepper has taught paralegal studies at Southeastern Paralegal Institute, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas, Arlington campus. She continues her teaching at the University of the Virgin Islands, where she teaches Legal Research and Writing in the certificate and associates degree programs.

Table of Contents

Mastering the Lawp. 1
The American Legal System: Navigating through the Processp. 3
The Sources of the Law: What's in a Law Libraryp. 31
Case Law and Reporters: Finding Judges' Opinionsp. 57
Understanding and Briefing of Case Decisionsp. 87
Researching Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Rules and Regulationsp. 123
Finding and Updating Toolsp. 165
Legal Research Finding Tools: The Traditions and New Trendsp. 167
Updating the Law: Shepard's Citations and KeyCitep. 215
Planning a Research Projectp. 251
Online Search Techniques: Learning the Methodsp. 253
Internet Sources of the Law: Searching for Reliabilityp. 277
Roadmap for Legal Research: A Guided Planp. 303
Legal Writing Basicsp. 345
Introduction to Legal Writingp. 347
The Mechanics of Constructionp. 373
Effective and Persuasive Legal Writingp. 397
Citations in Legal Writingp. 421
Practical Writing Applicationsp. 447
The Basics of Legal Correspondencep. 449
The Internal Office Memorandump. 483
Court Documents: Pleadings, Discovery and Motionsp. 507
Persuasive Writingp. 541
The Memorandum of Law to the Trial Courtp. 543
The Appellate Briefp. 567
Glossaryp. 603
Indexp. 641
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