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Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal: A Systems Approach 3rd Edition

James W. H. McCord, J.D., Sandra L. McCord

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2001, 1994
  • 640 Pages


Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal: A Systems Approach, third Edition prepares paralegals in the principles of criminal law as well as in the practice skills needed daily in the law office. Presented in a clear, logical, outline format, the text includes effective learning features such as charts, checklists, forms, documents, legal terminology, helpful web sites, a systems folder, and numerous illustrative case examples. This comprehensive text blends theory with practice and incorporates insights into the fascinating world of crime and criminals and the legal professionals who work within the justice system. Important features of the text include sections on the criminal justice standards unique to prosecution, defense, and the court; coverage of the often competing rationales and public policies behind the law and judicial decisions; discussion of the impact of the PATRIOT Act and the war on terrorism; the many opportunities for students to apply both critical thinking and law-office practice skills; and interesting and, occasionally, humorous quotations relevant to criminal justice. The text's clear presentation of the law and its many unique features make it popular among students and instructors alike. Students will have the opportunity to draft legal documents, perform legal research, use the Internet, practice legal writing skills, and apply case law. The systems approach used in the text continues to be one of its most popular features, and the clear, concise, yet thorough presentation of concepts and skills leads to the development of a more thoughtful and accurate professional.

James W. H. McCord, J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

James McCord is an experienced trial attorney in criminal law, professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the Wisconsin and Kentucky Bar Associations. A frequent speaker at legal conferences, he is the author of several books and articles on the paralegal profession and practice. Professor McCord is a past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education, a former member of the American Bar Association Legal Assistant Program Approval Commission, and included in "Who's Who in Law."

Sandra L. McCord,

  • Clear, concise, yet thorough presentation of concepts and skills
  • Realistic case scenarios and assignments simulate the law office setting and actual paralegal practice
  • Numerous examples of real court decisions from many jurisdictions illustrate concepts and variations in the law
  • Enhances student enjoyment of the law and better understanding of legal principles and important exceptions
  • Reinforces legal reasoning and problem solving
  • Promotes learning of the value of a well-organized, efficient, and accurate practice manual that can serve as an impressive job-interview portfolio and first-job practice manual
  • Impressive collection of ethics standards, web resources, practice tips, forms, documents, checklists, diagrams, tables, jury instructions, and thought-provoking quotations
  • Provides valuable learning and practice resources, and gives students a ready-to-go practice guide to take into the law office
Chapter 1: Foundations of Criminal Law
Chapter 2: Administration of Criminal Law and the Role of the Paralegal
Chapter 3: Components of A Crime
Chapter 4: Crimes Against Persons and Crimes Against Habitation
Chapter 5: Crimes Against Property, Public Order and Safety, Public Morals, and Justice and Public Administration
Chapter 6: Inchoate and Organized Crimes
Chapter 7: Defenses
Chapter 8: Intake and Drafting the Complaint
Chapter 9: Search and Seizure
Chapter 10: Confessions and Pre-trial Identification Procedures
Chapter 11: Pretrial: Initial Appearance to Preliminary Hearing
Chapter 12: Pretrial: Grand Jury to Pretrial Conference
Chapter 13: Trial: Rights, Procedure, Task
Chapter 14: Sentencing, Punishment, and Review

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  • ISBN-10: 1133478948
  • ISBN-13: 9781133478942
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  • ISBN-10: 140186564X
  • ISBN-13: 9781401865641
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  • RETAIL $217.95

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