The Fourth Edition of An Introduction to the American Legal System provides both historical context and thoroughly up-to-date coverage of all aspects of American law and the legal system. Vivid examples, on-point case summaries, and hot-button issues make this text an obvious choice for paralegal, criminal justice, political science, or legal studies courses. Key New Features Cases in Point that concisely illustrate how the law applies in the real world Questions for discussion in every chapter that point to high-interest issues for debate Discussions of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions such as the Obamacare decisions, the Defense of Marriage Act decision, and key rulings on recess appointments and First Amendment Rights Contemporary topical coverage, such as the national security legislation and whistleblowers Updated discussions of justifiable use of force, intellectual property, abortion rights, capital punishment, and affirmative action A well-crafted design that includes learning objectives and chapter outlines A convenient Glossary of Legal Terms and The Constitution of the United States of America in the Appendices
The Second Edition of this successful text, An Introduction to the American Legal System, continues to offer an accessible, practical overview of the American Legal System. It introduces students to legal concepts, procedures, and principles while giving them a solid grounding in important areas of substantive law as well as in legal history. Among the features that make this text such an excellent teaching tool: organization into four parts progresses logically from the origins of the law through legislation and procedure Part I, Foundation of the Legal System, sets forth the fundamental concepts of the law and examines the historical development of the legal system Part II, Substance of the Law, provides an overview of constitutional law, criminal law, torts, property, contracts, business, and family law Part III, The Legal Process, surveys civil and criminal procedure Part IV, Legislative and Administrative Developments in the Law, covers legislation and administrative law concise "Cases in Point" illustrate the applicability of the law to real world issues capture student interest questions in every chapter stimulate thought and classroom discussion a strong pedagogy includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, and a glossary New to the Second Edition: expanded coverage of torts and property law increased focus on crimes and criminal procedure new and expanded discussion of the PATRIOT Act, including new amendments and results of recent litigation, as well as material on terrorism and immigration offenses updated cases include new, hot-button cases, such as "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Crawford v. Washington" on the admissibility of hearsay evidence in criminal cases an expanded section on battered woman syndrome and battered child syndrome Appendices on how to find the law and how to brief a case
This new coursebook introduces students to the relationship among the American constitutional, governmental, and legal systems. With a clear and concise presentation, this book explores historical and contemporary events, judicial opinions, and constitutional provisions that demonstrate how the three systems accommodate social progress in an ever-changing and highly diverse nation. Perfect for LLM courses or even undergraduate classes, this book aims to teach students how to understand constitutional doctrines, brief judicial opinions, and how American history affects contemporary legal issues. Features: Clear and concise presentation and logical organization of material making it an excellent introductory book to the American legal system Inclusion of modern cases on relevant topics, such as same-sex marriage, legalization of marijuana, and homicidal laws affecting juveniles Chapter questions that facilitate basic legal analysis through hypotheticals, opinion briefing, and application of constitutional provisions Inclusion of important historical and political events, such as lawsuits brought against Presidents, congressional impeachment powers, the Electoral College System, the Supreme Court s resolution of voting issues, the Civil War and post Civil War constitutional amendments, the Civil Rights movement, presidential and congressional war powers, and Supreme Court opinions about Guantanamo Bay detainees
A comprehensive and accessible text, specifically written for paralegal students, Introduction to Law for Paralegals provides an in-depth introduction to the key concepts in the American legal system, research and analysis of legal material, as well as legal ethics and substantive law. Supported by strong pedagogy and a critical-thinking approach to edited cases, the material is engaging, well-written and highly teachable. The Fifth Edition has been updated to reflect new cases and changes in statutory law, with new reasoning exercises to challenge and engage students. Updated Internet references and Web-based exercises are also included. The rich Appendix now includes the full text of the U.S. Constitution. Features: Comprehensive, accessible overview of all key concepts covered in an introduction to law course. Highly teachable style, with detailed Instructor's Manual, Test Bank and PowerPoints. In-depth coverage written specifically for paralegal students, including: The role of the paralegal. Sources and classification of law. Structure of the court system. Overview of litigation Basics of legal analysis, research, and writing. Legal ethics and substantive law. Critical-thinking approach introduces students to the study of law. Use of edited cases to teach students how to read and analyze the law. Engaging hypotheticals, examples, and well-designed questions. Material presented in organized and well-written format. Strong pedagogy throughout includes: Ethic alerts. Marginal definitions. Internet references. Legal reasoning exercises. Appendices on good writing, citation form, ethical codes and Net notes. Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition includes: Streamlined presentation. New cases and changes in statutory law. New Web-based exercises. Updated Internet references throughout. New legal reasoning exercises reflecting current cases. Complete U.S. Constitution as an appendix.
The Pocket Guide to Legal Writing is designed as a desk book for use by practicing paralegals, legal assistants, attorneys, and students. It is a reference book that allows the user to quickly obtain the answer to many commonly encountered writing questions concerning the following subjects: sentence and paragraph drafting, word selection and usage, spelling, numbers, grammar, punctuation, legal citation, legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs. It also includes a chapter on the location of various non fee-based internet and other computer based legal research sources. In addition is a chapter discussing the various time deadlines under federal rules of civil and criminal procedure. The book is color coded so information may be easily located and designed to lie flat on a desk next to a computer. It is written in a non technical manner and designed so that it is easy to understand and use by anyone working in a law office. It includes checklist for use in conjunction with the various types of legal writing. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Legal Analysis and Writing, third edition, provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal analysis and writing, the operation of the elements of the fundamentals in the analysis and writing process, and the manner in which the process guides and assists the student in the production of a finished product, such as an interoffice research memorandum. The text is national in scope and designed for students who have completed introductory legal assistant courses. The focus of the text is on the legal analysis and writing process. The text is divided into three sections, the first of which presents an overview of the analysis process and the basic legal principles involved in that process. The second section provides in-depth coverage of the elements and tools used in the analysis and writing process, while the third section focuses on the application of the principles presented in the previous sections. It also addresses the drafting of legal correspondence, legal research memoranda, and court briefs. This complete text is enhanced by such features as a corresponding website, a student activity CD, online references, key points, and examples. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
* COMPANION WEBSITE www.aspenparalegaled.com/bouchoux_practicalintro2 ( Contact your Aspen Representative for more information about these resources.) Bridging the gap between the classroom and the real world, respected author Deborah E. Bouchoux offers this thorough exploration of the entire paralegal profession, as well as a specific inventory of what students will be expected to know, and the tasks they will be expected to perform, as working paralegals in law office and other legal environments. This concise yet thorough orientation to the work of the paralegal provides : practical guidance for transferring and applying classroom lessons to the law office environment logical three-section organization: making connections between study skills, the paralegal profession, and the American legal system connecting paralegal research, analysis, and writing to the tasks of interviewing and investigations looking at the tasks of the working paralegal, different types of law practice, the law office environment, strategies for career development (including resume preparation, job interview preparation, and job resignations), and techniques for succeeding in the workplace topical coverage that closely adheres to the nature of paralegal work: effective ways to improve note taking how to respond to ethical misconduct in the workplace common blunders when using e-mail cultivating listening skills best practices for timekeeping and billing pedagogical devices that enhance learning, such as chapter overviews, key terms, marginal definitions, website references, case illustrations, practice tips, and chapter summaries research task exercises and Internet-based exercises in each chapter that mirror those performed by the working paralegal comprehensive teaching package that includes: Instructor's Manual with sample syllabi, chapter outlines, answers to all end-of-chapter discussion and research questions, additional practice exercises Test Bank with more than 400 questions PowerPoint slides Updated throughout, with new Case Illustrations, Discussion Questions, and Internet Closing Argument Assignments, the Second Edition offers: an overview of recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the production of electronically stored information discussion of class action suits and multidistrict litigation a review of new electronic tools used in law firms discussion of cutting-edge topics, such as electronically existing metadata and its implications for attorney-client privilege, and whether legal blawgs constitute advertising a fresh look at professional appearance, demeanor, and etiquette in the workplace new and updated information on salary trends, popular paralegal fields, billable hour requirements, and more Emphasizing practical skills and the role of the paralegal, Deborah E. Bouchoux shines a light on the paralegal profession by showing students what paralegals actually do. *Instructor's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Wolter's Kluwer Law & Business at 800.529.7545 or [email protected]
These days, school and college administrators know only too well how their well intentioned actions may lead to financially ruinous lawsuits. College and School Law provides a comprehensive and comprehensible framework for managing risk in the real work of educational administration. Also included is a CD-ROM containing all the forms you'll need, from property management to field-trip releases.
Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal, Second Edition, offers assignments that mirror the work of the paralegal and cover local, state, and federal criminal cases. Students can gain practice and confidence doing the kind of work that a defense attorney, prosecutor, or law enforcement agency expects from a paralegal. Working with the various types of cases presented in this book familiarizes students with the role of the paralegal in the process of investigation, prosecution, and defense in criminal cases. The second edition has been updated to include more than three dozen new legal decisions, new coverage of legislative jurisdiction and Fifth Amendment due process clause, and the addition of six new cases including United States v. Vilar and Hurst v. Florida. Key Features: Updates include more than three dozen new legal decisions. Updated and expanded Chapters 6 and 7 with new coverage of legislative jurisdiction and Fifth Amendment due process clause. Six new cases including United States v. Vilar and Hurst v. Florida ¦ A sensible, four-part organization: Introduction to the criminal justice system The distinction between criminal law and criminal procedure Criminal law Criminal procedure ¦ Realistic assignments, in which students draft indictments, memos, grand jury subpoenas, and jury instructions using hypothetical memos, investigative reports, and interviews as source material ¦ Clear explanations of the basic elements of all criminal offenses ¦ An accessible system of analyzing the legal nature of any criminal offense ¦ An integrated treatment of white-collar crime ¦ Broad coverage of a wide range of criminal investigations, from police investigations to administrative and grand jury investigation
LEGAL RESEARCH, 2ND EDITION is one of the few texts that focuses entirely on legal research and how to conduct legal research in an efficient manner to avoid wasted time and duplication of effort. Intended for use in research classes, the student is provided with an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of legal research. The text covers the operation of the elements of these fundamentals in the research process and the manner in which the process guides and assists the student in the performance of a research assignment. Each chapter includes examples of every concept and principle discussed and a hypothetical fact situation in which the application of the concepts and principles is illustrated. The text includes valuable chapters describing how to determine what to research, how to identify key facts and terms, their importance and use, and the significant role of issue identification and its elements. A large portion of the text provides in-depth coverage of primary and secondary research sources, including Internet and computer research, citation format and case law analysis. In the last chapter of the text, the author has included a beneficial discussion of what to look for when researching, what to do with the research once it is found, and how to organize research. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.