Introduction to Law

Introduction to Law

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For courses in Introduction to Law, Introduction to American Law, and Introduction to Paralegalism. This book provides students with an interesting introduction to law presented in an effective skill-building format. It explains the basics of the U.S. legal system, focusing first on organization and operation, then introducing students to the major areas of law practice and the legal principles that apply. Throughout the text, legal concepts are defined and explored in a clear, concise manner--with numerous hypothetical case examples to demonstrate the application of theory. Varied exercises help students develop strong legal vocabulary and analytic more

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  • Hardback | 540 pages
  • 206.2 x 259.1 x 26.9mm | 1,215.64g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0130138290
  • 9780130138293

About Joanne Banker Hames

Joanne Banker Hames is an attorney who has been actively involved in paralegal education since 1977 and is now a full-time instructor and the coordinator for the ABA-approved paralegal program at DeAnza Community College located in the heart of Silicon Valley. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School and has been an active member of the California Bar since 1972. Prior to her involvement in paralegal education, she practiced law in a firm specializing in personal injury litigation. She is also the co-author of Civil Litigation and Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing: An Integrated Approach. Yvonne Ekern is the chairperson of an ABA-approved Paralegal Program and Division Chair of the Applied Arts and Sciences Division of West Valley Community College. Prior to completing law school, she taught high school English and Math in California and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Idaho School of Law in 1985. While working in criminal and family law offices, she taught part-time in several Silicon Valley paralegal programs and is now the full-time chairperson of the West Valley College Paralegal Program, located in Saratoga, California. She is also an instructor in that program. She is the co-author of Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing: An Integrated Approach. She has over twenty years of teaching more

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"... covers all the major topics ... with more clarity than I have seen in the past ... this is an exceedingly thorough book ... an excellent source for the beginning student and will afford the professor enough leeway to plan a variety of course approaches." -- Mercedes Prieto Alsonso-Knapp, Florida International University "The writing style is clear and concise. It is written in a very easy to understand fashion which will be appreciated by college students at all levels ... it is an excellent book!" -- Laura Barnard, Lakeland Community Collegeshow more

Table of contents

1. The Legal Community and Professional Responsibility. 2. The American Legal System. 3. Laws: Their Sources. 4. Finding the Law: Legal Research. 5. Using the Law: Analysis and Legal Writing. 6. Laws: Civil v. Criminal. 7. Personal Injury Practice: Tort Law and Worker's Compensation. 8. Family Law. 9. Wills, Trusts and Probate. 10. Business Practice: Contract Law and Real Property Law. 11. Business Practice: The Law of Business: Organizations and Bankruptcy. 12. Criminal Practice: Criminal Law and Juvenile Law. 13. Civil Procedure Before Trial. 14. Criminal Procedure Before Trial. 15. Alternative Dispute Resolution. 16. Rules of Evidence. 17. The Trial. 18. Law and Technology: A Paralegal Perspective. Appendix I: The United States Constitution. Appendix II: Paralegal Ethics. Appendix III: Mock Trial. Appendix IV: Basic Citation Reference Guide. Appendix V: The Marvin vs. Marvin Cases. Appendix VI: Federal Rules of Evidence more

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