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Introduction to Law, 6th Edition

  • Beth Walston-Dunham, J.D. Beth Walston-Dunham is a licensed attorney.
  • ISBN-10: 1111311897  |  ISBN-13: 9781111311896
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2004, 1999
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

This best-selling text creates an awareness and appreciation for the effect that law has on virtually every facet of modern life and society. Beginning with a detailed look at the organization of the U.S. system of government, the text guides you through each of the primary substantive areas of law with realistic assignments, relevant ethical considerations, and easy-to-understand judicial opinions that reinforce chapter topics. From fundamental concepts to emerging legal topics, INTRODUCTION TO LAW presents the terminology, principles, and cases that are having an impact on society--and on many professions--today.

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Features and Benefits

  • Realistic examples with discussion points facilitate the development of critical thinking skills.
  • Assignments based on actual situations allow students to build a solid understanding of the principles as they are applied in practice.
  • Ethical vignettes allow students to see how one circumstance can produce both legal and ethical issues that can in turn impact the future of the professional involved.
  • To highlight the real-world application of text topics, each chapter begins with a relevant news article.
  • The text includes Internet assignments that facilitate the development of vitally important Internet research skills.

Table of Contents

1. The Historical Basis and Current Structure of the American Legal System.
2. The Courts.
3. Legislation.
4. The Executive Branch and Administrative Authority.
5. Substantive and Procedural Issues.
6. Jurisdiction.
7. The Legal Professional.
8. The Law of Ethics.
9. Torts.
10. Family Law.
11. Estates and Probate.
12. Property Law.
13. The Law of Contracts.
14. The Law of Business.
15. Criminal Law.
16. Criminal Procedure.
Appendices.
A. The Constitution of the United States.
B. NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
C. NALA Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Legal Assistants.
D. National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • This up-to-the-minute revision features new cases, assignments, and examples.
  • New material throughout the text addresses the impact of technological advancement and electronic media in the various areas of law including business, torts, property, and criminal law.
  • An updated supplements package ties text material more closely than ever to a range of technology resources, including the new CourseMate.

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Reviews

"My reaction to this textbook is very favorable. It was a great review of legal concepts and I can see students enjoying this book. It is well-written and straightforward; it is a high-quality product. If I had to recommend a book for paralegal students, this would be near the top of my list."

— Joanne Spillman, Westwood College Online

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

List Price = $56.95  | CengageBrain Price = $56.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Beth Walston-Dunham, J.D.

Beth Walston-Dunham is a licensed attorney. Additionally, she is licensed in the United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit.