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Paralegal Career for Dummies with CDROM (For Dummies)

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Apply important legal concepts and skills you need to succeed

Get educated, land a job, and start making money now!

Want a new career as a paralegal but don't know where to start? Relax! Paralegal Career For Dummies is the practical, hands-on guide to all the basics — from getting certified to landing a job and getting ahead. Inside, you'll find all the tools you need to succeed, including a CD packed with sample memos, forms, letters, and more!

Discover how to

  • Secure your ideal paralegal position
  • Pick the right area of the law for you
  • Prepare documents for litigation
  • Conduct legal research
  • Manage a typical law office

Sample resumes, letters, forms, legal documents, and links to online legal resources.

Please see the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Synopsis:

Apply important legal concepts and skills you need to succeed

Get educated, land a job, and start making money now!

Want a new career as a paralegal but don't know where to start? Relax! Paralegal Career For Dummies is the practical, hands-on guide to all the basics — from getting certified to landing a job and getting ahead. Inside, you'll find all the tools you need to succeed, including a CD packed with sample memos, forms, letters, and more!

Discover how to

* Secure your ideal paralegal position

* Pick the right area of the law for you

* Prepare documents for litigation

* Conduct legal research

* Manage a typical law office

Sample resumes, letters, forms, legal documents, and links to online legal resources.

Please see the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

Scott Hatch, JD, and Lisa Zimmer Hatch, MA, are founders and administrators of The Center for Legal Studies, which offers training and certificate courses, including paralegal certificate courses, to thousands of people through hundreds of colleges and universities every year.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: A Snapshot of the Exciting and Lucrative Paralegal Profession 7

Chapter 1: Discovering the Paralegal Profession 9

Chapter 2: Membership Has Its Privileges: Paralegal Associations and Their Certification Exams 21

Chapter 3: The Hunt Is On: Securing a Paralegal Position 27

Part II: Important Legal Concepts Every Paralegal Should Know 37

Chapter 4: “All Rise”: The American Judicial System 39

Chapter 5: The Big Three: Categories of Law 57

Chapter 6: Taking a Case to Trial: The Litigation Process 79

Chapter 7: How It’s Done: Important Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence 99

Chapter 8: Because I Said So: The Categories of Legal Authority 115

Chapter 9: The Substantive Law Areas Most Commonly Practiced by Paralegals 123

Part III: Putting It into Practice: The Paralegal in the Civil Litigation Process 137

Chapter 10: The Paper Chase: Preparing Documents 139

Chapter 11: Elementary My Dear Watson: Legal Investigation 167

Chapter 12: Chewing the Fat: Legal Interviewing 179

Chapter 13: Burning the Midnight Oil: Legal Research 193

Chapter 14: Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Trial Performance 211

Chapter 15: The Official Word: Ethical Codes for Legal Professionals 225

Part IV: Skills Paralegals Need to Soar Ahead 239

Chapter 16: Write On: Presenting a Clear, Concise Legal Writing Style 241

Chapter 17: The Latest Thing: Using Technology in Law 269

Chapter 18: Law Office Management 101 281

Part V: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 19: The Ten Most Important Rules of Ethics 295

Chapter 20: Ten Things Every Paralegal Should Know 299

Chapter 21: Ten Survival Tips to Thrive in the Legal Environment 303

Part VI: Appendixes 307

Appendix A: Glossary of Important Legal Terms: A Mini Legal Dictionary 309

Appendix B: About the CD 335

Index 347

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471799566
Author:
Hatch, Scott
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Lisa Hatch, M.A.
Author:
Vriends, T.
Author:
Scott Hatch, J.D.
Author:
Hatch, Scott J. D.
Author:
Hatch, Lisa
Author:
Hatch, Lisa, M.A.
Author:
Hatch, Lisa Zimmer
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Vocational Guidance
Subject:
Legal assistants
Subject:
Careers - Other Specific Fields
Subject:
Paralegals & Paralegalism
Subject:
Cage birds
Subject:
Oiseaux de cage
Subject:
Business-Careers
Subject:
General & Introductory Law
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.18x7.38x.91 in. 1.30 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Apply important legal concepts and skills you need to succeed

Get educated, land a job, and start making money now!

Want a new career as a paralegal but don't know where to start? Relax! Paralegal Career For Dummies is the practical, hands-on guide to all the basics — from getting certified to landing a job and getting ahead. Inside, you'll find all the tools you need to succeed, including a CD packed with sample memos, forms, letters, and more!

Discover how to

* Secure your ideal paralegal position

* Pick the right area of the law for you

* Prepare documents for litigation

* Conduct legal research

* Manage a typical law office

Sample resumes, letters, forms, legal documents, and links to online legal resources.

Please see the CD-ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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