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Foundations of Legal Research and Writing, 5th Edition

  • Carol M. Bast, J.D. Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida.
  • Margie A. Hawkins Librarian Orlando office of Holland & Knight LLP
  • ISBN-10: 1133278299  |  ISBN-13: 9781133278290
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2002
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING, Fifth Edition is the ideal resource for the legal research and writing course in paralegal studies. The book's up-to-the-minute coverage tackles the ever-evolving areas of computer-assisted research and Cyber law, in addition to traditional legal research, analysis, and writing. Extensive research chapters address primary and secondary sources, citating, Lexis/Nexis, the Internet, and more, while writing sections center on drafting client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Every chapter ends with practice writing opportunities , as well as traditional and computer-assisted research assignments to help readers develop working skills. Detailed case excerpts, samples, tips, and discussions further support the assignments, and illustrate the perils of inadequate research and poor legal writing.

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Features and Benefits

  • The text examines legal research, analysis, and writing from the working paralegal's perspective, and uses a hands-on approach to teach the skills readers need for successful careers.
  • Written for the reader with little or no legal experience, the book delivers topics using a conversational tone that easily draws students into the material.
  • Intriguing examples of actual situations where inadequate research and writing caused professional problems helps readers identify hazards in the workplace—and avoid career-limiting mistakes.
  • Annotated sample documents include tips for writing more effectively, while building confidence through practice.
  • The updated appendices provide supplemental information on a variety of legal subjects—from Mechanical Errors and Citation Rules to Technology and Web resources— making it a great reference for the classroom and beyond.
  • The "Research Tip," "Legal Analysis Tip," "Writing Tip," and "You be the Judge" features throughout the text highlight important advice and procedures.

Table of Contents

1. Law and Sources of Law.
2. Legal Reasoning and Analysis.
3. Secondary Sources and Finding Tools.
4. The Judicial Branch and Cases.
5. Primary Sources: Constitutions, Statutes, Court Rules, and Administrative Law.
6. Citators.
7. Overview of the Research Process and Ethical Considerations.
8. Computer-Assisted Legal Research.
9. Introduction to Legal Writing.
10. Fundamentals of Writing.
11.Transmittal Letter, Client Opinion Letter, and E-Mail Correspondence.
12. Pleadings.
13. Law Office Memo.
14. Memorandum of Law.
15. Appellate Brief.
Appendices.

What's New

  • All-new material on electronic filing, discovery, the duty to prevent spoliation of evidence (and pertinent rule changes), and coverage of the H.I.P.A.A. standards helps students grasp the importance of relatively new practice areas.
  • Updates to the law, rules of procedure, evidence, ethics standards, and other legal foundations give students and instructors the latest information available.
  • Discussions of LexisNexis and Westlaw include added research tips and exhibits to deliver a better understanding of these well-used legal research tools. Updated examples of Internet legal research websites also show readers the importance of computer-assisted research in the practice of law today.
  • New and revised forms, task examples, Web resources, tables, and charts add depth to the material while helping readers decipher complex topics.
  • More analysis problems, study features, review questions, and Internet applications enhance the topics and help readers of all learning styles get ahead.

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Foundations of Legal Research and Writing, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413771 | ISBN-13: 9781337413770)

FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING, Fifth Edition is the ideal resource for the legal research and writing course in paralegal studies. The book's up-to-the-minute coverage tackles the ever-evolving areas of computer-assisted research and Cyber law, in addition to traditional legal research, analysis, and writing. Extensive research chapters address primary and secondary sources, citating, Lexis/Nexis, the Internet, and more, while writing sections center on drafting client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Every chapter ends with practice writing opportunities , as well as traditional and computer-assisted research assignments to help readers develop working skills. Detailed case excerpts, samples, tips, and discussions further support the assignments, and illustrate the perils of inadequate research and poor legal writing.

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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)

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Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides an opportunity for students to review, enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and practical application of the law. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of student work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and students organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing students with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. Students can evaluate their knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display their ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam. In addition to the benefits to students, this text offers guidance to educational programs undertaking a meaningful assessment of learning outcomes. Review of student portfolios and success rates on the comprehensive substantive assessment present student data to be utilized in continuous curriculum development. The Instructor's Resources include a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.

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Foundations of Legal Research and Writing, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413771 | ISBN-13: 9781337413770)

FOUNDATIONS OF LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING, Fifth Edition is the ideal resource for the legal research and writing course in paralegal studies. The book's up-to-the-minute coverage tackles the ever-evolving areas of computer-assisted research and Cyber law, in addition to traditional legal research, analysis, and writing. Extensive research chapters address primary and secondary sources, citating, Lexis/Nexis, the Internet, and more, while writing sections center on drafting client opinion letters, pleadings, contracts, office memos, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Every chapter ends with practice writing opportunities, as well as traditional and computer-assisted research assignments to help you develop working skills. Detailed case excerpts, samples, and discussions further support the assignments, and illustrate the perils of inadequate research and poor legal writing.

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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 = $55.95  | CengageBrain Price = $55.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.00

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.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides the opportunity for you to review, enhance and demonstrate your knowledge and practical application of the law as you complete your education. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of your work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and you organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing you with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. You can evaluate your knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display your ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol M. Bast, J.D.

Carol M. Bast is Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida. She has won several professional awards, frequently presents at legal and academic conferences, and is an active member of the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects and the Legal Writing Institute. Her many published works include articles on legal research, legal writing, eavesdropping, and wiretapping, as well as Foundations of Law and Florida Courts, a textbook. Carol Bast earned an M.B.A. from University of Central Florida, a Ph.D. in Spanish from University of Florida, and a J.D. from the New York Law School.

Margie A. Hawkins

Margie Hawkins is a librarian with national law firm Holland & Knight LLP, and has expertise in computer-assisted legal research and the Internet. A member of the American Association of Law Libraries (A.A.L.L.) and the Orange County Bar Association, she also served on the Advisory Committee for the Valencia Community College Paralegal Studies Program for more than fourteen years. Ms. Hawkins received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Florida, and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information science honor society. She holds undergraduate degrees in History and Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.