Higher Education

Paralegal Today: The Essentials, 6th Edition

  • Roger Miller Institute for University Studies Arlington, Texas
  • Mary Meinzinger Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
  • ISBN-10: 1133935621  |  ISBN-13: 9781133935629
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

PARALEGAL TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS, Sixth Edition, provides students with an introduction to the legal system through real-world examples, practical applications, ethical dilemmas, and hands-on activities. With its focus on the basic, key areas of paralegal studies, this concise version ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of topics such as careers, legal ethics, litigation procedures, criminal law, legal research and analysis, legal writing, and ethical and professional responsibility. The Sixth Edition includes increased coverage of technology in the workplace, including critical topics such as confidentiality issues, e-mail policies, technology in the courtroom, and the use of social media in crime detection and enforcing delinquent court judgments. In addition, "Social Media Today" boxes explain how social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn can be used in the legal field. With multiple opportunities for practice, this text covers not just the substantive areas of the law, but also prepares students to excel as professionals.

Features and Benefits

  • REAL-WORLD RELEVANCE. Real-world examples and Featured Contributors bring the material to life.
  • PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. A strong ethical focus emphasizes the paralegal's professional responsibility in every aspect of the law. In addition, "In the Office" features provide tips on how paralegals can be more productive and professional.
  • VISUAL APPEAL. 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.
  • STUDY TOOLS. Numerous features and exhibits throughout the text and comprehensive end-of-chapter activities provide an emphasis on applying concepts.
  • GOING GREEN. "Going Green" features provide tips on how paralegals can conserve resources while still maintaining the same level of productivity.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE PARALEGAL PROFESSION.
1. Careers in Today's Professional Paralegal.
2. The Inner Workings of the Law Office.
3. Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
4. Sources of American Law.
5. The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
PART II: LEGAL PROCEDURES AND PARALEGAL SKILLS.
6. Legal Research and Analysis.
7. Contemporary Online Legal Research.
8. Legal Writing: Form and Substance.
9. Civil Litigation: Before the Trial.
10. Conducting Interviews and Investigations.
11. Trial Procedures.
12. Criminal Law and Procedures.
APPENDICES.
A. NALA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
B. NALA's Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Paralegals.
C. NFPA's Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement.
D. NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
E. Paralegal Associations.
F. Information on NALA's CP Program.
G. Information on NFPA's CEE & PACE® Examinations.
H. Information on NALS Certification.
I. The Constitution of the United States.
J. Spanish Equivalents for Important Legal Terms in English.
GLOSSARY.
INDEX.

What's New

  • USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. Throughout the text, "Social Media Today" boxed features explain how social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn can be used properly in the workplace.
  • TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE. To prepare students for a career in today's technological environment, discussions of the impact of technology in the workplace are found throughout the text. Coverage includes topics such as confidentiality issues, e-mail policies, technology in the courtroom, and the use of social media in crime detection and enforcing delinquent court judgments.
  • PRACTICE FOCUS. Each chapter includes a "Practice Focus" feature that introduces students to new technologies that affect the paralegal environment. Students are also provided with practical tips on how to use these new technologies to succeed in the workplace.
  • INCREASED COVERAGE OF DISCRIMINATION. The sixth edition includes a new discussion of restrictive covenants in employment and how firms can limit their potential liability in employment discrimination suits. Topics such as disability discrimination, domestic abuse, non-traditional marriages, and surrogacy motherhood are also discussed.
  • GROUP PROJECTS. A "Group Project" is included in the end-of-chapter questions. The projects present opportunities for small groups of students to work together researching key topics and then presenting their findings to the class.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I find this to be a superior textbook. I tell my students that, if they keep only one book from the program, it should be this one....am not familiar with any serious competitors to this text. We regularly receive sample texts from various publishers, and a perfunctory "flip-through" is usually enough to assure us that we continue to use the best available textbook for this course."

— Linda C. Marks, Pima Community College, AZ

"I think the book is excellent, and I've had the opportunity to use it in practice. Students enjoy reading it – they particularly love to read about paralegals and the different settings in which they work."

— Jennifer J. Allen, JD, Davidson County Community College

"I think your text does what others aspire to do, in a concise easy to follow format you have organized the essential chapters for beginning paralegal students. Your text is up to date and the content is assembled perfectly for lecture format . . . no need to skip around. The logical flow of the information makes Paralegal Today a sound choice for any instructor or program."

— Marsha Griggs, Collin College

"Paralegal Today is the only publication that contains the detailed and understandable coverage, variety of excellent student aids, and support that I want for my students."

— Lisette Leesch, Chadron State College

Supplements

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Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 1133937594 | ISBN-13: 9781133937593)

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WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133937004 | ISBN-13: 9781133937005)

Designed to accompany specific Delmar Cengage Learning textbooks, WebTUTOR™ is an eLearning software solution that turns everyone in your classroom or training center into a front-row learner. Blackboard components are offered across all of our disciplines. Each Webtutor may include chapter learning objectives, online course preparation, study sheets, glossary flashcards, discussion topics, web links, and an online forum to exchange notes and questions. In addition online chapter quizzes are provided in various formats including, short-answer and multiple-choice questions with immediate feedback for correct and incorrect answers. Whether you want to Web-enhance your class, or offer an entire course online, WebTUTOR™ allows you to focus on what you do best, Teaching.

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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 leading textbooks, including BUSINESS LAW: TEXT AND CASES, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS: TEXT AND CASES, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS LAW, and THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY.

Mary Meinzinger

Mary Meinzinger is the paralegal program chair at Madonna University. She is highly respected and is an active member of AAfPE.