Synopses & Reviews
Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, fourth edition, makes the paralegal field come alive for the student. It uses real-world examples, offering practical application of each concept discussed, and further enhances this focus with hands-on activities throughout. The text gives the student a thorough introduction to not only the legal system in general, but to specific areas of the law and the paralegal's integral role as a member of the legal team. The student gains a comprehensive understanding of the laws in our society, the importance of ethical and professional responsibility, and the skills needed to thrive in this environment. Technology features, including spotlights on how technology is changing litigation, legal research, and overall office management, convey the importance of developing strong skills in this area. "Paralegal Profiles" and "Featured Guests" bring a personal touch to the material - as students learn how professionals truly work in each area of the law and how each skill directly translates on-the-job. Ethical dilemmas challenge the students to further understand their professional duties and critical thinking questions provide an opportunity to sharpen their proficiency. In this way, paralegal students learn not only about the substantive areas of the law, but how to excel as a professional in each one.
All of the basic areas of paralegal studies are covered in this book. Careers, ethics, professional responsibilities, pretrial preparation, trial procedures, criminal law, legal interviewing, investigation, legal research, computer-assisted legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing. The text also covers introductory information in a number of different areas of substantive law, including business organizations, torts, civil, criminal, family and real estate. This book offers a completely different approach to teaching paralegal skills in the classroom, bridging the gap between classroom learning and on-the-job realities. Exercises at the end of chapters provide opportunities for students to apply the concepts and skills discussed in the chapter. Many of the books' other features were designed specifically to give students a glimpse of the type of situations and demands that they may encounter on the job as professional paralegals.
About the Author
Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago and has served on the faculty of several universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami School of Law, where he taught intellectual property law, entertainment law, and other subjects. He has also published widely, with work featured in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. In addition, Miller has authored or coauthored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT and CASES?LEGAL, ETHICAL, GLOBAL, AND CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT; THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT and CASES?ETHICAL, REGULATORY, GLOBAL, AND CORPORATE ISSUES; BUSINESS LAW TODAY; and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.Mary Meinzinger Urisko is the paralegal program chair at Madonna University. She is highly respected and is an active member of AAfPE.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction to the Student Part 1: The Paralegal Profession Chapter 1: Today's Professional Paralegal Chapter 2: Career Opportunities Chapter 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Chapter 4: The Inner Workings of the Law Office Part 2: Introduction to Law Chapter 5: Sources of American Law Chapter 6: The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution Chapter 7: Tort Law and Product Liability Chapter 8: Contracts and Intellectual Property Law Chapter 9: Real Property, Estates, and Family Law Chapter 10: Agency, Buisness Organizations, and Employment Chapter 11: Administrative Law and Government Regulation Part 3: Legal Procedures and Paralegal Skills Chapter 12: Civil Litigation - Before the Trial Chapter 13: Conducting Interviews and Investigations Chapter 14: Trail Procedures Chapter 15: Criminal Law and Procedures Chapter 16: Legal Research and Analysis Chapter 17: Computer-Assisted Legal Research Chapter 18: Legal Writing: Form and Substance Appendicies: A: NALA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. B: NALA's Model Standards and Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants. C: NFPA's Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement. D: The ABA's Model Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants. E: Paralegal Ethics and Regulation: How to Find State-Specific Information. F: Paralegal Associations. G: State and Major Local Bar Associations. H: Information on NALA's CLA and CLAS Examinations. I: Inforation on NFPA's PACE Examination. J: The Constitution of the United States. K: Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English.