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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
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 Law||p. 1|
|The American Legal System: Navigating through the Process||p. 3|
|The Sources of the Law: What's in a Law Library||p. 31|
|Case Law and Reporters: Finding Judges' Opinions||p. 57|
|Understanding and Briefing of Case Decisions||p. 87|
|Researching Constitutions, Statutes, and Administrative Rules and Regulations||p. 123|
|Finding and Updating Tools||p. 165|
|Legal Research Finding Tools: The Traditions and New Trends||p. 167|
|Updating the Law: Shepard's Citations and KeyCite||p. 215|
|Planning a Research Project||p. 251|
|Online Search Techniques: Learning the Methods||p. 253|
|Internet Sources of the Law: Searching for Reliability||p. 277|
|Roadmap for Legal Research: A Guided Plan||p. 303|
|Legal Writing Basics||p. 345|
|Introduction to Legal Writing||p. 347|
|The Mechanics of Construction||p. 373|
|Effective and Persuasive Legal Writing||p. 397|
|Citations in Legal Writing||p. 421|
|Practical Writing Applications||p. 447|
|The Basics of Legal Correspondence||p. 449|
|The Internal Office Memorandum||p. 483|
|Court Documents: Pleadings, Discovery and Motions||p. 507|
|Persuasive Writing||p. 541|
|The Memorandum of Law to the Trial Court||p. 543|
|The Appellate Brief||p. 567|
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