Synopses & Reviews
Fundamentals of Law Office Management: Systems Procedures and Ethics, fourth edition, was created to present knowledge of the industry, an understanding of how a law office functions, and to provide essential skills. The text is divided into three sections in order to best accomplish these goals. The first section, consisting of five chapters, provides an overview of the legal industry. These chapters explain the parameters and policies of the business of law and provide a strong foundation upon which to build a legal career. The information contained in these chapters is essential to understand why law firms, and other types of legal offices, conduct business differently from other industries. The second section, consisting of five chapters, introduces students to the functions and procedures common to a law office environment. The third section, consisting of four chapters, provides students with essential skills that will be utilized throughout their legal career. The text is enhanced with the inclusion of features such as key words, ethics alerts, side bars, and tech tips. New to this fourth edition is material on federal employment laws and law office marketing, along with revised tables and charts and updated web resources.
Readers immediately will be drawn into Fundamentals of Law Office Management by the introduction of a fictitious law firm and how the concepts addressed in each chapter play out in the firm?s various scenarios. This story format amuses the reader and reinforces the concept of each chapter. Readers will welcome this book as a learning and reference tool because it fully examines law office practices involving fees, billing, technology, records and file management and the organization of the law library. The book also paints a picture of the parameters and policies of the business of law, and addresses such important topics as paralegal ethics, the legal team and client relations. The use of technology for efficient operation in all of these areas receives particular attention in the book. Finally, the use of photos, charts, sidebars and chapter summaries enhance the reader?s comprehension of the wealth of the information presented.
About the Author
Pamela Everett Nollkamper has been teaching paralegals since 1979 in various colleges in the southern California area. In addition, she developed curriculum for paralegal programs and served on numerous Legal Assistant Advisory Committees. She has authored multiple textbooks and articles.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Legal Marketplace Chapter 2: The Legal Team Chapter 3: Personnel Relations Chapter 4: The Attorney-Client Relationship Chapter 5: Legal Assistant Ethics and Client Relations Chapter 6: Legal Fees Chapter 7: Timekeeping Chapter 8: Billing and Financial Management Chapter 9: Managing the Clients' Funds Account Chapter 10: Technology in the Law Office Chapter 11: Law Office Systems Chapter 12: Docket Control Systems Chapter 13: Records and File Management Chapter 14: Law Library Organization and Management Glossary