The Paralegal Professional (5e) : 9780134130842

The Paralegal Professional (5e)

 
Edition
 
5
ISBN
 
9780134130842
ISBN 10
 
0134130847
Published
 
15/02/2016
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
960
Format
 
In stock
 
Title type
Book
$303.99
 
 
Title type
 
$60.00
 
 
Description

For courses in Paralegal Studies.

 

Build a strong foundation in Paralegal Studies
Since the publication of the First Edition of The Paralegal Professional, the paralegal profession plays an increasingly more important role in the delivery of legal services. The Paralegal Professional provides students with the conceptual knowledge, analytical skills, and firm understanding of ethical issues they need to succeed as paralegals in today’s legal environment. The book is shaped by insights of real legal professionals with whom paralegals work to offer relevant information for use in the workplace. The text illuminates specific tasks and roles paralegals will play in the workplace to fully prepare them to enter the field. The 5th Edition builds a foundation of knowledge which students can augment as they work towards a profession in the field of law.

Table of contents
  • Part I: The Paralegal Profession
  • 1. The Paralegal Profession
  • 2. Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • 3. The Paralegal Workplace
  • 4. Technology and the Paralegal
  • Part II: Introduction to Law
  • 5 American Legal Heritage and Constitutional Law
  • 6. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 7. Civil Litigation
  • 8. Criminal Law and Procedure
  • 9. Administrative Law
  • Part III: Paralegal Skills
  • 10. Interviewing and Investigation Skills
  • 11. Legal Writing and Critical Legal Thinking
  • 12. Legal Research
  • Part IV Legal Subjects
  • 13. Torts and Product Liability
  • 14. Contracts and E-Commerce
    15. Property Law
  • 16. Estates and Elder Law
  • 17. Family Law
  • 18. Agency, Employment, and Immigration Law
  • 19. Business Organizations and Bankruptcy Law
  • 20. Intellectual Property and Digital Law
  • Appendix A How to Brief a Case
  • Appendix B National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
  • Appendix C Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants—Paralegals
  • Appendix D Federal Court Name Abbreviations
  • Appendix E Effective Learning: How to Study
  • Appendix F The Constitution of the United States of America
  • Appendix G Internet Resources
  • Appendix H Glossary of Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms
New to this edition

UPDATED! The text has been fully updated to ensure consistency in coverage, use of terminology, and improved readability

  • UPDATED! Chapter 1 includesnew information on current and future opportunities in the legal profession, including existing and proposed state certification requirements.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 2 has new information on the practice of e-filing and its related ethical issues. New “Working with the Language of Law” assignments have also been added.
  • REVISED! Chapter 3 was substantially rewritten to improve the flow of topics, including updating of all forms.
  • REVISED! Chapter 4 has been rewritten to include new material and coverage of the contemporary use of technology in the law office, specifically by the paralegal.
  • Chapter 5 presents the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges regarding same-sex marriage in the language of the court.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 7’s discussion of the role of the paralegal in the litigation process has been revised to include a new case. At the end of the chapter, a new “Working with the Language of the Court” assignment has been added, as well as descriptions of the civil litigation paralegal, the corporate paralegal, and the litigation support paralegal that reflect contemporary practice.  
  • UPDATED! Chapter 10 has been expanded to include two new cases in the chapter and a new “Working with the Language of the Law” assignment at the end of the chapter.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 11 chart comparing ALWD 5th edition and Blue Book 19 is updated.
  • Chapter 12 has been thoroughly updated andnow covers legal research engines and search options.
  • UPDATED! Case law and applications have been added to all substantive law chapters.
  • Chapter 18 includes expansive new material on immigration law, along with a discussion of the role of paralegal professionals and career opportunities in the growing field of immigration law.

 

UPDATED! Pedagogical features enhance engagement and learning

  • Nine “Developing Your Collaborative Skills” cases have been added that are designed to be used for group discussions, either in or outside of class.
  • 19 “Legal Analysis Writing Cases” have been added as end-of-chapter-assignments and are designed to allow students to analyze cases and reach reasoned decisions based on applying relevant law to the facts of the case.
  • Seven “Working with the Language of the Court Cases” are entirely in the original language of the courts and designed for individual student writing assignments using the IRAC method.
Features & benefits

The Paralegal Professional uses the following features to facilitate learning:

 

Text organisation is both logical and flexible

  • Part 1: The Paralegal Profession introduces students to the paralegal profession, its career opportunities, the paralegal workplace, ethics, regulation, and the use of technology on the job.
  • Part 2: Introduction to Law provides an overview of law and the American legal system and introduces students to three areas of procedure: civil, criminal, and administrative.
  • Part 3: Paralegal Skills introduces students to interviewing, investigation, traditional and online legal research, and writing and critical thinking in the legal field.
  • Part 4: Legal Subjects overviews the most common individual legal areas of practice along with employment opportunities within those areas.

 

UPDATED! The text has been fully updated to ensure consistency in coverage, use of terminology, and improved readability

  • UPDATED! Chapter 1 includesnew information on current and future opportunities in the legal profession, including existing and proposed state certification requirements.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 2 has new information on the practice of e-filing and its related ethical issues. New “Working with the Language of Law” assignments have also been added.
  • REVISED! Chapter 3 was substantially rewritten to improve the flow of topics, including updating of all forms.
  • REVISED! Chapter 4 has been rewritten to include new material and coverage of the contemporary use of technology in the law office, specifically by the paralegal.
  • NEW! Chapter 5 presents the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges regarding same-sex marriage in the language of the court.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 7’s discussion of the role of the paralegal in the litigation process has been revised to include a new case. At the end of the chapter, a new “Working with the Language of the Court” assignment has been added, as well as descriptions of the civil litigation paralegal, the corporate paralegal, and the litigation support paralegal that reflect contemporary practice.  
  • UPDATED! Chapter 10 has been expanded to include two new cases in the chapter and a new “Working with the Language of the Law” assignment at the end of the chapter.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 11 chart comparing ALWD 5th edition and Blue Book 19 is updated.
  • NEW! Chapter 12 has been thoroughly updated and now covers legal research engines and search options.
  • UPDATED! Case law and applications have been added to all substantive law chapters.
  • NEW! Chapter 18 includes expansive new material on immigration law, along with a discussion of the role of paralegal professionals and career opportunities in the growing field of immigration law.

 

UPDATED! Pedagogical features enhance engagement and learning

  • NEW! Nine “Developing Your Collaborative Skills” cases have been added that are designed to be used for group discussions, either in or outside of class.
  • NEW! 19 “Legal Analysis Writing Cases” have been added as end-of-chapter-assignments and are designed to allow students to analyse cases and reach reasoned decisions based on applying relevant law to the facts of the case.
  • NEW! Seven “Working with the Language of the Court Cases” are entirely in the original language of the courts and designed for individual student writing assignments using the IRAC method.
Author biography

Thomas F. Goldman, JD, is Professor Emeritus of Bucks County Community College, where he was a professor of Law and Management and Director of the Center for Legal Studies and the Paralegal Studies Program. He was a member of the Paralegal Studies Advisory Board and mentor at Thomas Edison State College, where he developed an Advanced Litigation Support and Technology Certificate Program in the School of Professional Studies, and implemented the online paralegal studies program for the New York Times knowledge network.

 

He is an author of textbooks in paralegal studies and technology, including Technology in the Law Office, Accounting and Taxation for Paralegals, Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures, Litigation Practice: E-Discovery and Technology, Abacus Law: A Hands-On Tutorial and Guide, Real Estate Fundamentals, and SmartDraw Tutorial and Guide.

 

An accounting and economics graduate of Boston University and a graduate of Temple University School of Law, Professor Goldman 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 of 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 educational institutions and major corporations and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on educational, legal, and technology issues.

 

Henry R. Cheeseman is Professor Emeritus of the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, where he was a professor of business law and Director of the Legal Studies in Business Program. Professor Cheeseman taught business law, legal environment, corporate law, securities regulation, cyberlaw, and ethics courses in both the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and undergraduate programs of the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California. He received the Golden Apple Teaching Award on many occasions by being voted by the students as the best professor at the Marshall School of Business. He has also served at the Center for Excellence in teaching at the university.

 

Professor Cheeseman has earned six degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in finance from Marquette University, both a master’s in business administration (MBA) and a master’s in business taxation (MBT) from the University of Southern California, a juris doctor (JD) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, a master’s degree with an emphasis on law and economics from the University of Chicago, and a master’s in law (LLM) degree in financial institutions law from Boston University.

 

Professor Cheeseman is an award-winning author of several business law textbooks published by Pearson Education, including the definitive and highly regarded Business Law. Other business law and legal environment textbooks authored by Professor Cheeseman and published by Pearson Education include Contemporary Business Law, Legal Environment of Business, and Introduction to Law. In addition to being a coauthor with Professor Thomas Goldman of the fifth editions of The Paralegal Professional and The Paralegal Professional The Essentials, he is also coauthor of Contract Law for Paralegals and Business Organizations for Paralegals, all published by Pearson Education.