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Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, 5th Edition

  • includes Studyware
  • Roger Miller Institute for University Studies Arlington, Texas
  • Mary Meinzinger Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
  • ISBN-10: 143905701X  |  ISBN-13: 9781439057018
  • 912 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2007, 2004
  • © 2010 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
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Overview

PARALEGAL TODAY: THE LEGAL TEAM AT WORK, Fifth 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. "Featured Contributors" 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.

Features and Benefits

  • Engaging, highly visual content gives students 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.
  • Real-world examples and Featured Contributors bring the material to life.
  • Strong ethical focus emphasizes the paralegal’s professional responsibility in every aspect of the law.
  • Numerous features and exhibits throughout the text and comprehensive end-of-chapter activities provide an emphasis on applying concepts.

Table of Contents

PART I THE PARALEGAL PROFESSION.
1. Today’s Paralegal Profession.
2. Career Opportunities.
3. The Inner Workings of the Law Office.
4. Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
5. Sources of American Law.
6. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
PART II LEGAL PROCEDURES AND PARALEGAL SKILLS.
7. Legal Research and Analysis.
8. Contemporary Online Legal Research.
9. Legal Writing: Form and Substance.
10. Civil Litigation: Before the Trial.
11. Conducting Interviews and Investigations.
12. Trial Procedures.
13. Criminal Law and Procedures.
PART III SUBSTANTIVE AREAS OF LAW.
14. Tort Law, Product Liability, and Consumer Law.
15. Contracts and Intellectual Property.
16. Insurance Law and Real Property.
17. Estates and Family Law.
18. Laws Affecting Business.
19. Bankruptcy and Environmental Law.
Appendices – Same as in 4th Edition.
NALA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
NALA’s Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants.
NFPA’s Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement.
NALS Code of Ethics.
Paralegal Ethics and Regulation: How to Find State-Specific Information.
Paralegal Associations.
Information on NALA’s CLA/CP Program.
Information on NFPA’s PACE Examination.
Information on NALS Certification.
The Constitution of the United States.
Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English.

What's New

  • Chapters have been reorganized for an earlier emphasis on understanding details of the legal process and the skills needed by working paralegals.
  • New "In the Office" feature provides tips on how paralegals can be more productive and professional.
  • New "Going Green" feature provides tips on how paralegals can conserve resources while being productive.
  • Chapter 8, Contemporary Online Legal Research, has been significantly revised and moved earlier in the text.
  • New Student CD-ROM includes interactive "StudyWare" (video clips, quizzing, case studies, flashcards, discussion questions) to help students better understand the content presented.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work, 5th + WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1111229309 | ISBN-13: 9781111229306


Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 143905679X | ISBN-13: 9781439056790)

Provides a study guide and quizzing for each chapter.

Online Instructor’s Manual  (ISBN-10: 143905682X | ISBN-13: 9781439056820)

Provides sample syllabus, lecture outlines, teaching suggestions, answers to end-of-chapter questions, suggested answers to CD questions, handouts, and test bank.

Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 143905696X | ISBN-13: 9781439056967)

CD with Instructor’s Manual, Computerized test bank, and PowerPoints for instructors.

WebTutor™ on Angel, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111539456 | ISBN-13: 9781111539450)

Succeed in your paralegal course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback, and keeps you connected to your instructor and classmates.

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts  (ISBN-10: 1401889212 | ISBN-13: 9781401889210)

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts is a unique and much needed reference as there is nothing else like it for paralegal students and professionals on the market. It not only covers success stories about paralegal professionals but also shares their insights on how they do their work. The primary goal of the book is to help students learn hands-on techniques directly from paralegal leaders in the field. These top paralegal experts share the secrets that have helped them become the best of the best in their profession. The top fifteen paralegal experts helped to expand the paralegal profession and improve the efficiency of performing paralegal duties including creativity, leadership, expertise in their specialty, technical skills, knowledge, mentoring, and organization. The paralegal experts practice in various specialties and the premise of this book is that students and professionals can learn most effectively from the experiences of others. There is a definite need to provide paralegal students with further instructions to help them become more productive and efficient.

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran’s Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

Paralegal Today: The Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1435438787 | ISBN-13: 9781435438781)

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.

Student Supplements

Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1111319111 | ISBN-13: 9781111319113)

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 143905651X | ISBN-13: 9781439056516)

Supplemental content that includes quizzing, flashcards, study notes, and more to help students better understand the concepts presented.

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 143905679X | ISBN-13: 9781439056790)

Provides a study guide and quizzing for each chapter.

WebTutor™ on Angel, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111539456 | ISBN-13: 9781111539450)

Succeed in your paralegal course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback, and keeps you connected to your instructor and classmates.

Studyware  (ISBN-10: 1111538514 | ISBN-13: 9781111538514)

Succeed in your paralegal course and have fun with Studyware software! This dynamic resource is packed with interactive games, quizzes, and other resources that your mastery of key concepts in the corresponding chapter in your textbook.

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

Lessons from the Top Paralegal Experts  (ISBN-10: 1401889212 | ISBN-13: 9781401889210)

LESSONS from the Top Paralegal Experts is a unique and much needed reference as there is nothing else like it for paralegal students and professionals on the market. It not only covers success stories about paralegal professionals but also shares their insights on how they do their work. The primary goal of the book is to help students learn hands-on techniques directly from paralegal leaders in the field. These top paralegal experts share the secrets that have helped them become the best of the best in their profession. The top fifteen paralegal experts helped to expand the paralegal profession and improve the efficiency of performing paralegal duties including creativity, leadership, expertise in their specialty, technical skills, knowledge, mentoring, and organization. The paralegal experts practice in various specialties and the premise of this book is that students and professionals can learn most effectively from the experiences of others. There is a definite need to provide paralegal students with further instructions to help them become more productive and efficient.

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran’s Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

Paralegal Today: The Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1435438787 | ISBN-13: 9781435438781)

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.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Roger Miller

Roger LeRoy Miller studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He has been on the staff of a number of universities, including the University of Washington, Clemson University, and the University of Miami, School of Law where he taught, among other subjects, intellectual property and entertainment law. He has published in the Insurance Counsel Journal, Defense Research, California Trial Lawyers Journal, Antitrust Bulletin, Wisconsin Law Review, and Connecticut Law Review. He has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT & CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: TEXT & CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.

Mary Meinzinger

Mary Meinzinger, JD, is the paralegal program Assistant Director at Madonna University. She is a highly respected paralegal educator and a member of AAfPE.