Paralegal Professional

Paralegal Professional : Essentials (Brief Edition)

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For courses in Paralegal (Introduction), Legal Concepts for Paralegals, and Introduction to Law.

Written by an award-winning author team, The Paralegal Professional combines a solid introduction to the paralegal profession with a thorough introduction to law. The four-color presentation gives instructors and students an enjoyable, comprehensive introduction to paralegal studies and the legal environment. The 2-books-1-format prepares students with all the legal knowledge and job skills they need to succeed. With fully up-to-date and extensive coverage of technology in the law office, legal and business ethics, and diversity The Paralegal Professional is designed to help prepare students for successful careers as paralegals. A complete package of student and instructor supplementary materials is available with the text.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.5 x 17.8mm | 771.12g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0131104616
  • 9780131104617

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Written by an award-winning author team, "The Paralegal Professional: Essentials" provides a solid introduction to the paralegal profession. Students gain procedural legal knowledge in the real-world skills they need to succeed. The fully up-to-date and extensive coverage of law office technology, legal and business ethics, international perspectives, and diversity prepares students for today's work environment. CAREER GUIDANCE + THE LAW

This critical combination includes Numerous examples of both "Brief and Full Cases" Integrated coverage of "Diversity" "Ethics" guidelines for action Legal applications for "Technology" tools in the law office PROFESSIONALISM FOR EVERY KIND OF LEARNER

Concepts are presented in a manner appealing to both new and returning students. The presentation of both "Legal" and "Business Ethics" demonstrates the connection between two worlds. "Ethics Questions" in every chapter provide the opportunity to strengthen reasoning. "Contemporary Perspective" boxes include "Articles, Interviews," and "Essays" about the critical issues that impact careers. Appendices offer guidelines for "Case Briefing" and for "Ethical Obligations." BRIEF COURSE

Every feature of the book is designed for a briefer course of study. Marginal references to related "Websites" "Checklists" for Career Guidance and for Procedures Internal guide on "Latin Terms"

The entire program is backed by digital and print "course supplements" that support distance learning and lifelong skills. These include a complete "Online Course" and a time-limitedversion of "LexBrief" legal briefing software and the "Lexiverse Legal Dictionary."
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Table of contents

PART I. THE PARALEGAL PROFESSIONAL.

1. The Professional Paralegal.


Introduction. What Do Paralegals Do? What Is a Paralegal? Opportunities. The Future. Career Planning. Role of the Paralegal. National Associations of Paralegals. Qualifications of Paralegals. Paralegal Education in the United States. Personal Goals. Contemporary Perspective: Collecting Lunch Stories: The Hidden Perk. Checklist: Skills and Goals. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing Exercises. Ethics Questions. Case for Briefing: Missouri v. Jenkins.

2. Ethics, Regulation, and Professional Responsibility.


Introduction. Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL). Regulation of the Paralegal Profession. Ethical Rules and Obligations. The Future. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing Exercises. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion: In Re Estate of Devine. Case for Briefing: Tegman v. Accident and Medical Investigations.

3. Careers in the Paralegal Profession.


Chapter Objectives. Chapter Outline. Introduction. Compensation Issues for the Paralegal. Selecting a Specialty. Assessing Your Background. Assessing Your Skills. Assessing Your Interests. Selecting Your Electives. Preparing Your Resume. Interviewing for a Job. Arrangements and Organization of Law Offices and Law Firms. Administrative Procedures in the Law Office. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Ethics Questions. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing.

4. Paralegal Workplace Skills.


Introduction. Paralegal Tasks and Functions. What Paralegals in Legal Specialties Do. Paralegal Skills. Communication Skills. Analyzing the Audience. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Case for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Ramirez v. Plough, Inc.

PART II. THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM.

5. The Constitution and Sources of American Law.


The Constitution and Sources of American Law. Introduction. What Is Law? History of American Law. Sources of Law in the United States. Constitution of the United States of America. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case for Briefing: Lee v. Weisman.

6. Judicial and Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Introduction. State Court System. Federal Court System. Jurisdiction of Federal and State Courts. Alternative Dispute Resolution. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case for Briefing.

7. Civil Litigation.


Introduction. Government Regulations. Administrative Agencies. Administrative Law. Legislative Powers of Administrative Agencies. Executive Powers of Administrative Agencies. Judicial Powers of Administrative Agencies. Public Disclosure of Agency Actions. General Business Regulation. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case for Briefing.

8. Criminal Law and Process.


The Litigation Process. Prelitigation. The Trial. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Cases for Briefing.

PART III. PARALEGAL SKILLS.

9. Interviewing and Investigation Skills.


Introduction. Definition of a Crime. Classification of Crimes. Essential Elements of a Crime. Criminal Acts as Basis for Tort Actions. Criminal Procedure. The Criminal Trial. Crimes Affecting Business. Inchoate Crimes. Constitutional Safeguards. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case(s) for Briefing.

10. Traditional and Computer Legal Research.


Introduction. Function of the Appellate Court. Federal Appellate Procedure. United States Courts of Appeals. United States Supreme Court. State Appeals Courts. Role of the Paralegal in the Appellate Process. Oral Arguments. Actions by the Appellate Courts. Legal Terminology. Chapter Summary. Working the Web. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing. Ethics Questions. Cases for Discussion. Case(s) for Briefing.

11. Critical Legal Thinking and Writing.
Appendix A. How to Brief a Case.
Appendix B. Professional Rules of Conduct.
Appendix C. Effective Learning: How to Study.
Appendix D. The Constitution of the United States of America.
Appendix E. Internet Resources.
Appendix F. Glossary of Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms.
Glossary.
Case Index.
Subject Index.
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About Thomas F. Goldman

Henry R. Cheeseman is an award-winning author of several business law textbooks published by Prentice Hall publishing, including the definitive, highly-regarded Business Law. He has earned six degrees, including a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law, an LLM degree from Boston University, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Professor Cheeseman is a clinical professor of law and the Director of Legal Studies at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Students there voted him best teacher of the year, earning him the "Golden Apple" Teacher Award. Professor Cheeseman recognizes the importance of the paralegal to the practice of law, and has joined with Thomas Goldman to write this new and Exciting introduction to paralegal studies.

Thomas F. Goldman is a Professor of Law and Management, Director of the Center for Legal Studies, and Director of the Paralegal Studies Program at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. An accounting and economics graduate of Boston University and of Temple University School of Law, Professor Goldman now has an active international law, technology law, and litigation practice. He has worked extensively with paralegals and received the award of the Legal Support Staff Guild. He was elected the Legal Secretaries Association Boss of the Year for his contribution to cooperative education by encouraging the use of paralegals and legal assistants in law offices. He also received the Bucks County Community College Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award. He has been an educational consultant on technology to major corporations and a frequent speaker and lecturer on educational, legal, and technology issues.
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